Maya Angelou Dead at 86 — Celebrities React on Twitter
Poet laureate Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86, CNN reports. She died in her home, although her cause of death has not yet been released.
Angelou, a renowned poet, was also a novelist and actress. According to CNN, she spoke at least six languages and worked as a news reporter overseas. She is most well-recognized for her autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’
Over her lifetime, Angelou counted many notable icons among her friends, including Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even the writer’s last tweet conveyed her powerful, eloquent voice.
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) May 23, 2014
As the sad news of her death spread, many celebrities took to Twitter to express their condolences for her death and to celebrate the accomplishments of her life. While journalist Soledad O’Brien recounted her first interview with the literary figure, other celebs, like model Gigi Hadid, simply quoted the writer.
See celebrities reactions below.
You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I'll rise.
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) May 28, 2014
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – RIP Maya Angelou
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) May 28, 2014
"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 28, 2014
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." – Maya Angelou.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 28, 2014
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty" – Maya Angelou
— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) May 22, 2014
“When you know better you do better.” ― Maya Angelou
— Beverley Mitchell (@beverleymitchel) May 12, 2014
RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us…
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou. RT @DrMayaAngelou: Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) May 28, 2014
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope". ~Maya Angelou”
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) May 28, 2014
My heart and soul hurt today because of the passing of a true Genious Maya Angelou. Heaven has another wonderful angel walking its golden st
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) May 28, 2014
My first intv with Maya Angelou, she read this poem to me. http://t.co/bLuLSU7r4E.
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) May 28, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou. You will always be an awesome inspiration.
— Stacy London (@stacylondon) May 28, 2014
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." RIP Maya Angelou
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) May 28, 2014