Washington, Aug 7: Nobel Prize-winning US author Toni Morrison has died at age of 88 at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, her family said. "It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends," Morrison family said in a statement.
"Extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt had passed away peacefully last night (Monday) surrounded by family and friends," the statement added. In 1993, Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her 1987 novel 'Beloved' earned her a Pulitzer Prize. She was also awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1996.
Former US President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Mr Obama took to twitter to extend his last respect. "Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while," he tweeted. UNI