Maya Angelou Hospital Report False: Agent

By Caitlin Millat
|  Sunday, Oct 4, 2009  |  Updated 3:56 PM EDT
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Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and poet Maya Angelou was taken to the hospital Sunday for as-yet-unknown causes, TMZ.com reported.

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Maya Angelou's agent denied Sunday that the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and poet was taken to the hospital Sunday, as reported by TMZ.com early Sunday morning.

TMZ reported that Angelou, 81, was in Los Angeles to be honored at the BraveHeart Awards, celebrating women who have made significant changes in their professional fields. 

Angelou's agent Helen Bran said Sunday the poet was "fine" and "did not go to the hospital."

'She is not and did not go the hospital. She is in Saint Louis and giving a speech in three hours," Bran said.

Angelou gained worldwide fame with her literary activism in the civil rights movement and for works like "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," an autobiographical account of her childhood and early teenage years. The book recounted Angelou's experience with sexual abuse and rape at the age of 8 at the hands of her mother's boyfriend.

She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 poetry collection, "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie."

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