Rumor claims Maya Angelou dead, may be some truth in it

Duncan Riley

Author Maya Angelou is this weekend's first report of a celebrity death, but unlike our usual fare of fake deaths, this one might have some truth in it.

According to TMZ, Maya Angelou was taken to hospital in Los Angeles Saturday night. She was scheduled to be honored at the BraveHeart Awards in Los Angeles.

At the time of writing there is no news about her current health, although Twitter is buzzing that she may have died.

Normally we'd say at this stage that the rumor isn't true, but at 81 Maya Angelou is getting on in years, so the statistical odds that she may have been in ill health and has subsequently kicked the bucket are above 0%.

Referred to as “America’s most visible black female autobiographer," Maya Angelou is best known for her series of six autobiographies. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 poetry collection, "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie."