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Celebrities Mourn Maya Angelou’s Death On Twitter

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

1. Legendary writer Maya Angelou died today at age 86.

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Angelou, an award-winning writer, activist, teacher, and civil rights activist, was found unresponsive in her Winston-Salem, N.C., home.

As news of her death spread, famous friends and admirers took to Twitter to express their thoughts and grieve her loss.

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou - who was utterly amazing.

— jk_rowling (@J.K. Rowling)

“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”

Maya Angelou was a national treasure. She will be missed but not forgotten. #RIPMayaAngelou

— CondoleezzaRice (@Condoleezza Rice)

“Rest in peace phenomenal woman.”

Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.

— Pharrell (@Pharrell Williams)

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." #MayaAngelou : poet, author and activist, dead at 86

— CoryBooker (@Cory Booker)

Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.

— lenadunham (@Lena Dunham)

Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou, for your wonderful words and wisdom. Rest in peace.

— ActuallyNPH (@Neil Patrick Harris)

The world was a better place because Dr. Maya Angelou was in it. #RIPMaya http://t.co/O4F6460gS3 "

— qlshow (@Queen Latifah Show)

Today the world lost one of it's greatest gifts. I'm sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.

— TheEllenShow (@Ellen DeGeneres)

Very sad to hear of the death of Maya Angelou. She was a brilliant writer who used her platform with care and thoughtfulness. Godspeed.

— realjohngreen (@John Green)

To Dr. Maya Angelou...thank you. For everything. #PhenomenalWoman

— UzoAduba (@Uzo Aduba)

Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv!

— Nas (@Nasir Jones)

RIP Maya Angelou

— lucyhale (@Lucy Hale)

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...

— UncleRUSH (@Russell Simmons)

I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou

— common (@COMMON)

"There is no greater agony than a story left untold." - #MayaAngelou

— ItsNiaMonet (@Rudy Huxtable)

Maya Angelou has been my blueprint, the black woman writer, assuring me through her words that I was worthy of being heard. #ThankYouMaya

— janetmock (@Janet Mock)

We're saddened by the passing of our friend Maya Angelou. Thank you for all you've done, and for all the hugs.

— sesamestreet (@Sesame Street)

"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

— KELLYROWLAND (@KELENDRIA ROWLAND)

Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.

— cyndilauper (@Cyndi Lauper)

You challenged the dark silence,Your words empowered & inspired, the determined human spirit could defeat all foes "Still I Rise" #RIPMAYA

— MCHammer (@MC HAMMER)

“Maya Angelou was the quintessential renaissance woman of the 20th century art and human rights movements."... http://t.co/RJTj1jC3St

— TheRevAl (@Reverend Al Sharpton)

She made us feel so safe, safe enough to trust her wisdom! Wisdom one can usually only acquire through experience!

— rihanna (@Rihanna)

Angel. #RIPMayaAngelou The first book I read as a teenager, "I know why the caged bird sings". Felt like we knew her

— rihanna (@Rihanna)

“Free Bird,” #MayaAngelou, has �red to claim the sky” 𠉯orever… “trailing wisps of glory.” We will miss her song, “Phenomenally.”

— JOEtheMORTON (@Joe Morton)

Maya Angelou...I am so grateful that you shared your honesty, your talent, and your craft with the world. We have been made better for it.

— JessicaCapshaw (@Jessica Capshaw)

We will miss you so much Maya Angelou - our comfort, our inspiration, our Mother. Thank you. Video: 'Still I Rise' http://t.co/clHRhnjXfB

— MiaFarrow (@mia farrow)

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." -Maya Angelou.

— jessetyler (@Jesse Tyler Ferguson)

“When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors. I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else. I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country of no return. Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake. I answer the heroic question ‘Death, where is thy sting? ’ with ’ it is here in my heart and mind and memories.’ Maya Angelou #Rip”

"Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise."—Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman whose words will serve to lift our souls forever.

— NancyPelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)

Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou. The world is better because of your voice.

— BilldeBlasio (@Bill de Blasio)

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou, whose words changed so much.

— RonanFarrow (@Ronan Farrow)

And now we have a Queen Angel, rest Maya Angelou, thank you for your many gifts...

— ReggieMillerTNT (@Reggie Miller)

#RIP Maya Angelou, who reminded us "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within"

— ariannahuff (@Arianna Huffington)

Rest with the angels, Maya Angelou.

— Alyssa_Milano (@Alyssa Milano)

Maya Angelou, a true American hero. A woman of uncommon eloquence & strength. The stars are less lonesome now, the caged bird is free.

— rosemcgowan (@rose mcgowan)

"I've learned that you shouldn't go thru life w/ a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." -Maya Angelou

— RyanSeacrest (@Ryan Seacrest)

#RIPMayaAngelou You were a hero and an inspiration. I will never forget how you made me feel.

— RealSMG (@Sarah Michelle)

“The world has lost a truly remarkable activist, educator and an inspiration to all. Rest In Peace #MayaAngelou”

Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Maya Angelou!. #RIPMaya

— RealMichelleW (@Michelle Williams)

Maya Angelou GOD bless you and keep you. We will NEVER forget your inspiring life of overcoming all..... Rest in Peace.....

— MaggieQ (@Maggie Q)

Remember this Maya Angelou quote when you're being fake serious today "You don't laugh enough I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh."

— cthagod (@Charlamagne Tha God)

49. Update: President Obama issued a statement on Angelou’s death.

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