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Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate in literature whose best-selling work explored black identity in America and in particular the often crushing experience of black women, died on Monday in the Bronx at the age of 88. The Morrison family confirmed the news “with profound sadness,” saying she died after a short illness.

Toni Morisson was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1993. She was the author of 11 novels as well as children’s books and essay collections. Among them were celebrated works like “Song of Solomon,” which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977, and “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

According to BBC, Morrison’s family statement said the “extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt passed away peacefully last night on the 5th August surrounded by family and friends”.

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. 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.”

By: Dammy Eneli

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