She is dead. A famous celebrity is suddenly gone and fans are in mourning. This award-winning artist captured the hearts and minds of people around the world.
According to reports, 88-year-old novelist Toni Morrison passed from this life at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Morrison, who wrote extensively about the African-American experience, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
In a statement, Morrison’s longtime publisher said, “Morrison’s novels were celebrated and embraced by booksellers, critics, educators, readers and librarians.”
“Her work also ignited controversy, notably in school districts that tried to ban her books,” continued the statement. “Few American writers won more awards for their books and writing.”
Over her lauded career, Morrison was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, which is the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed by the president of the United States.
Former President Barack Obama, who awarded Morrison with the Medal of Freedom, tweeted that the author “was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page.”
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