Toni Morrison, the first Black woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize, has passed. She was 88.
AP News confirmed her death at 9:25 ET on Tuesday, August 16.
An unidentified source from her publisher, Knopf, told Vulture she passed Monday night. A cause of death is currently unknown.
Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford, the prolific author and essayist is best known for her critically acclaimed and best-selling novel Beloved for which she won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
The distinguished writer also penned 10 additional novels, five children’s books, two plays, a song cycle and an opera over her six-decade career according to Time. The Howard University alumna’s early novels like Song of Solomon and later such as God Help The Child have inspired and shaped generations.
Toni Morrison truly was a trailblazer in every sense of the word.
“We die,” said Morrison in her Nobel acceptance speech. “That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”