A friend confirmed Morrison’s passing to the Associated Press on Tuesday morning. The circumstances surrounding her death are unclear.
What We Know:
- Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio, in 1931 to a working-class African American family.
- A friend publicly confirmed Morrison’s passing on Tuesday morning.
- The circumstances surrounding her death are unclear.
- Morrison is best known for her novel Beloved, which won a Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988.
- The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored Morrison this spring with a gold medal for lifetime achievement in fiction.
- A documentary about her life and work titled ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.