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Maya Angelou -- one of America's most famous poets -- died last night in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina hospital while recovering from a mystery sickness.
Angelou was recovering from an "unexpected ailment" that sent her to the hospital. She died with family by her side.
In a Facebook post yesterday, she said doctors had advised her not to travel ... forcing her to cancel a planned trip to Houston ... where Maya was to be honored Friday with the Beacon of Life Award at Major League Baseball's Civil Rights Game.
She has received more than 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world.
Her most famous book -- "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" -- was also her most controversial.
Oprah Winfrey has called Angelou her mentor -- they met while Oprah was working in local news in Baltimore in the 80s.
According to TMZ:
It may be the most awesome wedding gift of all time ... Ray J is giving Kim Kardashian and Kanye West a $47K check ... representing 4 months of his 2014 profits from the epic porn tape with Kim.
It's breathtaking on 2 levels -- that Ray J has such humongous cajones, and that the tape is still raking in a fortune after 7 years.
Here's the breakdown of the wedding gift. Mind you, this is just Ray J's cut:
-- January $6,135.60
-- February $20,097.31
-- March $9,674.76
-- April $10,931.52
-- TOTAL: $46,840.13
Now get this ... sources from Vivid Entertainment tell us the tape has grossed $50 MILLION!
Remember, we're told Kim gets AT LEAST as much as Ray J, though we don't know exactly how much.
We've reached out to Kim to see if she'll accept Ray's gift, but so far no word back. We're told ... if she doesn't want it he'll donate the money to her favorite charity.
Ray J -- yes, that's his wallet AND he's happy to see you.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/05/19/ray-j-kanye-west-kim-kardashian-wedding-gift-check-vivid-sex-tape/#ixzz32CIzm6Nl