Poet and author Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.
Sources with inside knowledge tell Time Warner Cable News that Angelou's caretaker found her overnight at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Born Marguerite Ann Johnson in 1928 in St. Louis, Angelou was sent to live with her grandmother in Arkansas at the age of 3.
She didn't speak for 5 years after a traumatic event at the age of 7, something President Obama mentioned when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Many people remember Angelou for reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration.
In 1982, Angelou accepted a lifetime professorship of American studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.