Dr. Maya Angelou Dies At 86: Celebrity, Athlete Twitter Condolences

On Wednesday, America lost a national treasure with the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. The poet, author, Civil Rights activist, feminist, and Medal of Freedom recipient died at her home in Winston-Salem. She was 86.

I’m not going to pretend that I have the scope or even the resources today to memorialize one of the most important figures in the past century of American history – a woman whose works are taught everywhere from elementary school to graduate programs. There will undoubtedly be plenty of powerful, insightful tributes by much more accomplished writers for our fallen peer.

What I will do is share some of the condolences passing through Twitter. It’s always interesting to see the reactions from athletes and celebrities when a major event occurs. Twitter, usually known for it’s snark and swarm, becomes a bouquet service (even the Iron Sheik plays nice). Here is a sampling of some condolences passed to Dr. Angelou.