Today, the world lost one of the worlds greatest masters of words. Poet Maya Angelou passed away today at the age of 86.

Her son, Guy B Johnson, confirmed the news in a statement. He said: “Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension.

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

Johnson said Angelou “passed quietly in her home” sometime before 8am on Wednesday.

Maya has influenced myself and my friends immensely over time. Knowing that we will no longer be able to enjoy her presence is a hard thing to wrap my mind around.

One of the fondest moments I’ve had of Maya was when she read her poem “On The Pulse of The Morning,” during Bill Clinton’s inauguration.

Watch that great moment in time below