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US mourns author and activist Maya Angelou

President Obama describes Maya Angelou as a "brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman".

Last updated: 28 May 2014 19:59
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American poet, author and activist, Maya Angelou, has died at the age of 86.

Angelou died on Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement.

She was best-known for her 1969 memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings".

President Barack Obama called her "a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman."

Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher looks back at her life.

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