Renowned American Author passed on at 88

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Toni Morrison, the renowned author who is best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved” and for being the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died Monday night, family and her publicist confirmed Tuesday.

Morrison had been at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York at the time of her death, according to her publicist. She was 88.

Though the cause of her death was not immediately clear, her family, however, said she had “a short illness.”

“She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends,” the Morrison family said in a statement. “The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well-lived life.”

While we would like to thank everyone who knew and loved her, personally or through her work, for their support at this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we mourn this loss to our family. We will share information in the near future about how we will celebrate Toni’s incredible life,” the statement added. May her soul rest in peace.

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