Toni Morrison: How Nobel Prize-winning author died - Family

Toni Morrison: How Nobel Prize-winning author died - Family

- Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize-winning author, died at 88 on Monday night, August 5 after brief illness

- The great American writer died at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York

- Author of 11 novels, Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, having published her first novel, The Bluest Eye, in 1970

Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning author of the novel Beloved and a seminal voice in African American literature, has died at the age of 88.

Her family, according to BBC, confirmed "with profound sadness" that Morrison died on Monday night, August 5, "following a short illness".

The Morrison family statement added that the "extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt" had "passed away peacefully last night [5 August] surrounded by family and friends".

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Toni Morrison: How Nobel Prize-winning author died - Family

Portrait of American author Toni Morrison smiling and sitting at her desk at home, 1980s. (Photo by Bernard Gotfryd/Getty Images)
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"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," it continued.

"Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life."

The family added: "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."

Legit.ng gathers that Morrison died at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Author of 11 novels, Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, having published her first novel, The Bluest Eye, in 1970.

Her 1987 book Beloved told the story of a runaway female slave and was made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey in 1998.

She also received other honours including the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom which was given to her in 2012 by ex-President Barack Obama.

Born in Ohio during the Great Depression, Morrison was an academic and an editor before she wrote her first novel in 1970.

Morrison was also the first female African-American editor at Random House, where she had the role from 1967 to 1983.

She championed writers of colour and published the likes of Gayl Jones, Henry Dumas, Muhammad Ali and Angela Davis, among others.

Morrison also taught at Princeton University.

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Legit.ng earlier reported the death of Nigeria’s foremost poet and novelist, Gabriel Okara, who died just one month before his 98th birthday.

A family member disclosed that the renowned poet died on Sunday evening, March 24 at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.

Okara slumped around 4pm on that fateful day, as he was relaxing at his Yenagoa residence.

His death was described by Governor Seriake Dickson, as a great loss to Bayelsa state and Nigeria.

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