Maya Angelou Death: Hollywood and Media Personalities Mourn Her Passing, Celebrate Her Wisdom

Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular

J.K. Rowling, Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Simmons, Rihanna, Pharrell and many more took to Twitter on Wednesday to honor the literary icon

Maya Angelou was found dead at 86 on Wednesday, and became a trending topic on Twitter as the world heard word of her passing.

Hollywood stars, media personalities, and authors joined millions of others expressing their condolences, or celebrating the distinguished poet, writer and civil rights activist’s life by sharing her greatest contribution to this world — her powerful words of wisdom.

Also read: 21 Beautiful Maya Angelou Quotes to Live by

See what J.K. Rowling, Lena Dunham, Ellen DeGeneres and others famous folks had to say, below: