Nobel-prize winning author, Toni Morrison dies
The Nobel prize-winning us author Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88.
The Morrison family confirmed "with profound sadness" that Morrison had died "following a short illness".
Author of 11 novels, she won the Nobel prize for literature in 1993, having published her first novel, the bluest eye, in 1970.
Her 1987 book beloved told the story of a runaway female slave and was made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey in 1998.
The Morrison family statement said the "extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt" had "passed away peacefully last night, 5 August surrounded by family and friends".