Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.
In a statement on Facebook, they said she passed away quietly at home in North Carolina at 08:00 EST (12:00 GMT).
“Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belaboured by a loss of acuity or comprehension,” they said.
“The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”
Here below the poem she has wrote for Michael Jackson: