Houston's Fox 26 pointed out the obvious in horrific fashion last night, when it flashed up a banner announcing the death of Maya Angelou and the subsequent cancellation of her scheduled public appearance in the city.
The author had indeed been set attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon in Houston on 30 May, but most other news network were focusing on eulogies and reflections on her work rather than where her death leaves her diary.
The report caused a fair amount of anger on Twitter, where a screen grab of it soon spread.
A renowned poet, author, actress, activist and director, Angelou died at the age of 86 yesterday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.
A statement on Angelou's Facebook page from her son Guy B. Johnson confirmed her death, it read: "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 extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love."
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