Maya Angelou did not want to be resuscitated

2014-05-30 18:00
Los Angeles - The late poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou had prior to her death given strict instructions to her caretaker not to resuscitate her under any circumstances.

The caretaker shared the news with the 911 operator who had taken the call. However, because Angelou did not sign a 'Do Not Resuscitate' order the operator urged the caretaker to perform CPR on her.

The caretaker hesitantly complied but Angelou failed to gain consciousness and was pronounced dead on 28 May 2014 at the age of 86.

Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnso was an American author and poet who published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry. She is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows that span more than 50 years.

She received dozens of awards and over 30 honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences.

The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing, tells of her life up to the age of seventeen and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

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