Celebrities Mourn Maya Angelou's Death On Twitter

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

Legendary writer Maya Angelou died today at age 86.

Angelou, an award-winning writer, activist, teacher, and civil rights activist, was found unresponsive in her Winston-Salem, N.C., home.

As news of her death spread, famous friends and admirers took to Twitter to express their thoughts and grieve her loss.

Michelle and I join millions in remembering Maya Angelou, a storyteller whose voice convinced us we all have something to offer. -bo

The White House@WhiteHouse

Michelle and I join millions in remembering Maya Angelou, a storyteller whose voice convinced us we all have something to offer. -bo

1:08 PM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou is my hero. She gave me courage to love myself and others. Her life was a gift to so many.

America Ferrera@AmericaFerrera

Maya Angelou is my hero. She gave me courage to love myself and others. Her life was a gift to so many.

10:34 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou - who was utterly amazing.

J.K. Rowling@jk_rowling

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou - who was utterly amazing.

9:53 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou was a national treasure. She will be missed but not forgotten. #RIPMayaAngelou

Condoleezza Rice@CondoleezzaRice

Maya Angelou was a national treasure. She will be missed but not forgotten. #RIPMayaAngelou

11:11 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.

Pharrell Williams@Pharrell

Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou's passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. Her light will be sorely missed.

10:53 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." #MayaAngelou : poet, author and activist, dead at 86

Cory Booker@CoryBooker

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." #MayaAngelou : poet, author and activist, dead at 86

10:19 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.

Lena Dunham@lenadunham

Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.

10:04 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou, for your wonderful words and wisdom. Rest in peace.

Neil Patrick Harris@ActuallyNPH

Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou, for your wonderful words and wisdom. Rest in peace.

11:22 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The world was a better place because Dr. Maya Angelou was in it. #RIPMaya http://t.co/O4F6460gS3 "

Queen Latifah Show@qlshow

The world was a better place because Dr. Maya Angelou was in it. #RIPMaya http://t.co/O4F6460gS3 "

10:21 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Today the world lost one of it's greatest gifts. I'm sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.

Ellen DeGeneres@TheEllenShow

Today the world lost one of it's greatest gifts. I'm sending love to the friends and family of Maya Angelou.

11:11 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Very sad to hear of the death of Maya Angelou. She was a brilliant writer who used her platform with care and thoughtfulness. Godspeed.

John Green@realjohngreen

Very sad to hear of the death of Maya Angelou. She was a brilliant writer who used her platform with care and thoughtfulness. Godspeed.

11:38 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

To Dr. Maya Angelou...thank you. For everything. #PhenomenalWoman

Uzo Aduba@UzoAduba

To Dr. Maya Angelou...thank you. For everything. #PhenomenalWoman

9:54 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv!

Nasir Jones@Nas

Momentarily took the air out of me hearing you passed over. Then I smiled for you. REST IN GLORY MAYA ANGELOU. Luv!

10:57 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us...

Russell Simmons@UncleRUSH

RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us...

9:31 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou

COMMON@common

I was thinking about her lately. GOD Bless the Soul of one if my heroes. Dr Maya Angelou

11:14 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"There is no greater agony than a story left untold." - #MayaAngelou

Rudy Huxtable@ItsNiaMonet

"There is no greater agony than a story left untold." - #MayaAngelou

9:41 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou has been my blueprint, the black woman writer, assuring me through her words that I was worthy of being heard. #ThankYouMaya

Janet Mock@janetmock

Maya Angelou has been my blueprint, the black woman writer, assuring me through her words that I was worthy of being heard. #ThankYouMaya

9:48 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We're saddened by the passing of our friend Maya Angelou. Thank you for all you've done, and for all the hugs.

Sesame Street@sesamestreet

We're saddened by the passing of our friend Maya Angelou. Thank you for all you've done, and for all the hugs.

9:57 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - RIP Maya Angelou

KELENDRIA ROWLAND@KELLYROWLAND

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - RIP Maya Angelou

10:00 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.

Cyndi Lauper@cyndilauper

Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.

10:13 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You challenged the dark silence,Your words empowered & inspired, the determined human spirit could defeat all foes "Still I Rise" #RIPMAYA

MC HAMMER@MCHammer

You challenged the dark silence,Your words empowered & inspired, the determined human spirit could defeat all foes "Still I Rise" #RIPMAYA

10:24 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“Maya Angelou was the quintessential renaissance woman of the 20th century art and human rights movements."... http://t.co/RJTj1jC3St

Reverend Al Sharpton@TheRevAl

“Maya Angelou was the quintessential renaissance woman of the 20th century art and human rights movements."... http://t.co/RJTj1jC3St

10:55 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She made us feel so safe, safe enough to trust her wisdom! Wisdom one can usually only acquire through experience!

Rihanna@rihanna

She made us feel so safe, safe enough to trust her wisdom! Wisdom one can usually only acquire through experience!

10:51 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Angel. #RIPMayaAngelou The first book I read as a teenager, "I know why the caged bird sings". Felt like we knew her

Rihanna@rihanna

Angel. #RIPMayaAngelou The first book I read as a teenager, "I know why the caged bird sings". Felt like we knew her

10:41 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“Free Bird,” #MayaAngelou, has �red to claim the sky” 𠉯orever… “trailing wisps of glory.” We will miss her song, “Phenomenally.”

Joe Morton@JOEtheMORTON

“Free Bird,” #MayaAngelou, has �red to claim the sky” 𠉯orever… “trailing wisps of glory.” We will miss her song, “Phenomenally.”

10:37 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou...I am so grateful that you shared your honesty, your talent, and your craft with the world. We have been made better for it.

Jessica Capshaw@JessicaCapshaw

Maya Angelou...I am so grateful that you shared your honesty, your talent, and your craft with the world. We have been made better for it.

10:04 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We will miss you so much Maya Angelou - our comfort, our inspiration, our Mother. Thank you. Video: 'Still I Rise' http://t.co/clHRhnjXfB

mia farrow@MiaFarrow

We will miss you so much Maya Angelou - our comfort, our inspiration, our Mother. Thank you. Video: 'Still I Rise' http://t.co/clHRhnjXfB

11:15 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." -Maya Angelou.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson@jessetyler

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." -Maya Angelou.

10:41 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise."—Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman whose words will serve to lift our souls forever.

Nancy Pelosi @NancyPelosi

"Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise."—Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman whose words will serve to lift our souls forever.

9:52 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou. The world is better because of your voice.

Bill de Blasio@BilldeBlasio

Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou. The world is better because of your voice.

9:56 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou, whose words changed so much.

Ronan Farrow@RonanFarrow

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou, whose words changed so much.

9:45 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And now we have a Queen Angel, rest Maya Angelou, thank you for your many gifts...

Reggie Miller@ReggieMillerTNT

And now we have a Queen Angel, rest Maya Angelou, thank you for your many gifts...

10:11 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#RIP Maya Angelou, who reminded us "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within"

Arianna Huffington@ariannahuff

#RIP Maya Angelou, who reminded us "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within"

9:47 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou, a true American hero. A woman of uncommon eloquence & strength. The stars are less lonesome now, the caged bird is free.

rose mcgowan@rosemcgowan

Maya Angelou, a true American hero. A woman of uncommon eloquence & strength. The stars are less lonesome now, the caged bird is free.

10:37 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I've learned that you shouldn't go thru life w/ a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." -Maya Angelou

Ryan Seacrest@RyanSeacrest

"I've learned that you shouldn't go thru life w/ a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." -Maya Angelou

10:21 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#RIPMayaAngelou You were a hero and an inspiration. I will never forget how you made me feel.

Sarah Michelle@RealSMG

#RIPMayaAngelou You were a hero and an inspiration. I will never forget how you made me feel.

9:41 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Maya Angelou!. #RIPMaya

Michelle Williams@RealMichelleW

Sending my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Maya Angelou!. #RIPMaya

9:30 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maya Angelou GOD bless you and keep you. We will NEVER forget your inspiring life of overcoming all..... Rest in Peace.....

Maggie Q@MaggieQ

Maya Angelou GOD bless you and keep you. We will NEVER forget your inspiring life of overcoming all.....

Rest in Peace.....

10:24 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Remember this Maya Angelou quote when you're being fake serious today "You don't laugh enough I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh."

Charlamagne Tha God@cthagod

Remember this Maya Angelou quote when you're being fake serious today "You don't laugh enough I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh."

10:09 AM - 28 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Update: President Obama issued a statement on Angelou's death.