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05/28/2014 01:24 pm ET | Updated May 28, 2014

Oprah Winfrey On Dr. Maya Angelou: 'She Will Always Be The Rainbow In My Clouds'

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After the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou on Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey released the following statement.

I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister and friend since my 20s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. "When you learn, teach. When you get, give" is one of my best lessons from her.

She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.

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