American poet and author Maya Angelou has been found dead in her home.  A statement from her family said that she passed in her sleep before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Angelou was 86 years old.

According to NBC,

"Her death comes less than a week after Angelou announced she would not attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored, citing "health reasons." Last month, she also canceled an event in Fayetteville, Arkansas, because she was recovering from an "unexpected ailment" that left her hospitalized."

Our prayers are with her family.