Maya Angelou Would Like To Remind You She’s Not Dead
You’d best believe I’d be pissy if I’d wasted my weekend fielding phone calls from frantic friends and family who thought I was dead! But leave it to Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, to be as polite as can be responding to rumors that she’s kicked the bucket. The very-much-alive 81-year-old poet says the rumors “based on an erroneous account” that she’s been hospitalized and headed to the Pearly Gates are a “burden,” especially after her young grandson called her in hysterics. Miss Class Act, though, looks genuinely concerned for the mortal soul of whoever’s spreading this nasty gossip. “I feel sorry for a person who only has that much of life,” she said. “You should be living your own life, not talking about someone else’s death!”
Methinks Ms. Angelou hasn’t taken her head out of a poetry book in the past 10 years long enough to notice rumor-mongering about celeb deaths is a far more popular pastime than, saying, reading poetry. But really, people, she’s lived a hard life. Let the lady grow old in peace!