"Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life."
Toni Morrison, best known for her novel "Beloved" passed away on Monday in New York after a short illness says her family.
The writer, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature, made an impact on readers by delving into plights of historical and modern black women.
"Beloved," perhaps her most renown novel is a painful and heartbreaking reminder of the internalized trauma a former slave experiences after the Civil War.
The Morrison family issued the following statement by way of her publisher:
“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. She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life."
"While we would like to thank everyone who knew and loved her, personally or through her work, for their support at this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we mourn this loss to our family. We will share information in the near future about how we will celebrate Toni’s incredible life."
The author had a famous follower in Oprah Winfrey who went on to produce the movie version of "Beloved" in 1998 and often endorsed the writer's works through her book club.
Morrison's last formal novel is titled "God Help the Child" published in 2015.