Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison dies at 88. Fans and celebrities mourn the death of the American novelist.
Toni Morrison passed away on Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Her family and also her publisher Alfred A. Knopf confirmed the news of her death in a statement.
The family’s statement read that the “extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt” had “passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends”.
It further continued, “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. 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,” they concluded.
Morrison has received many accolades for her work in literature. She was the first black to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993. Furthermore, she also received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.
Some of her famous works include Sula, The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Song of Solomon. In addition, he 88-year-old author was well renowned for her stories about African-American culture.
Celebrities mourn Toni Morrison
Many celebrities mourned the death of Toni Morrison on social media.
Barack Obama shared a photo of him with Morrison and wrote, “Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page.”
“Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination,” he continued. “What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.”
Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while. pic.twitter.com/JG7Jgu4p9t— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 6, 2019
Author Keith Boykin also expressed his loss on Twitter.
“If you can only be tall because somebody is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And my feeling is white people have a very, very serious problem, and they should start thinking about what they can do about it.”
Rest In Power Toni Morrisonpic.twitter.com/KD0mukv4x0— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 6, 2019
U.S. Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also Tweeted her appreciation for the American author. She wrote, “Toni Morrison will be remembered as one of the greatest thinkers and storytellers in our history.
“She gave us all so much, and her work continues to give throughout time. Thank you, Toni Morrison,” she concluded.
Toni Morrison will be remembered as one of the greatest thinkers and storytellers in our history.
She gave us all so much, and her work continues to give throughout time. Thank you, Toni Morrison. https://t.co/XEDGNS7OXW— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
Rest in Peace!
Other celebrities who mourned on social media include Bernie Sanders, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shonda Rhimes, and also Gabrielle Union.
“If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” -Toni Morrison
Today we lost an American legend. May she rest in peace. https://t.co/DInZvd8stY
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 6, 2019
Toni Morrison. While you have left the physical realm, the many treasures you left us will bear fruit for generations and generations. Your work has cascaded through my life deeply and simply…rest in power to a beloved icon. pic.twitter.com/YQPS3gR5Ml
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) August 6, 2019
Her words were like mirrors to our collective souls. Like pillows to cushion the blows. Like mothers to wrap us in love, like friends to hold our hands and see us through the darkness. #RipToniMorrison ❤ you. May we lift her up in the light of goodness and hold her there.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 6, 2019
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” — Toni Morrison
A lesson for each of us. A lesson for our country. She may be gone, but her writing, her resolve, and her grace will live on forever.
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 6, 2019
She made me understand“writer” was a fine profession. I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, Queen. “Toni Morrison, seminal author who stirringly chronicled the Black American experience, dies” https://t.co/S6qxix5OCj
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 6, 2019
Rest in peace Toni Morrison!