Sad news broke this morning that Dr. Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. As the world takes a moment to mourn and reflect on the legacy and imprint the iconic poet, author and activist left on the world, many of those Angelou inspired are keeping her spirit and words alive through heartfelt tributes on social media.
Many K-EARTH artists and well-known celebrities paid their respects to Angelou through messages of what Angelou meant to them or by echoing her most famous quotes about love, life and more to their followers.
Read some of the tributes below.
Maya Angelou was an exceptional writer and human being and her inspiration will continue to enrich us all.
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou was a guiding light, her words will transcend time. She will live on in our hearts forever. Thank God for Maya! – Verdine White — Earth, Wind & Fire (@EarthWindFire) May 28, 2014
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.
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) May 28, 2014
The beautiful Maya Angelou died this morning. A big and radiant soul, at rest at last.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou said, “when you get, give and when you learn, teach.” And then she said, “Peace.” Words to live by. — Tony Danza (@TonyDanza) May 28, 2014
Today the world lost one of it’s greatest gifts. I’m sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 28, 2014
we lost one of the most brilliant mind,soul and spirit leaders the world has ever known. your teaching, words and lessons. — Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) May 28, 2014
suddenly our world became somber – Dr Maya Angelou, please stay with us, stay in our hearts. We need you.
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 28, 2014
I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was… http://t.co/6oQR9Ibjax
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) May 28, 2014
— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) May 28, 2014
With Maya Angelou’s passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend. http://t.co/ZQnoHwulNb
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) May 28, 2014
Even the White House shared a message from President Barack Obama on Angelou’s influence on the world.
Michelle and I join millions in remembering Maya Angelou, a storyteller whose voice convinced us we all have something to offer. -bo
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2014