Activist, poet and professor Dr. Maya Angelo has died at the age of 86, according to reports from local sources in Winston-Salem.

Two independent sources confirmed Angelou’s death to WXII’s Wanda Starke Tuesday morning. She was 86.

A police car and an ambulance were seen outside Angelou’s home around 8:30 a.m. Winston-Salem police said they are at the home to investigate a death. Read more.

Maya Angelou was very ill, according to reports, but the cause of her illness is unknown.

Information about Dr. Angelou’s homegoing is forthcoming.

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