Nobel Prize-Winning Novelist Toni Morrison Dies

American author, Toni Morrison, has died at the age of 88.

Morrison passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family members, at Montefiore Medical Centre in the Bronx, New York City, on Monday, 5 August.

Her cause of death was due to complications brought on by pneumonia.

Born Chloe Ardella Wofford on 18 February 1931, she was one of four children. Her parents encouraged her to read from a young age.

In 1988, Morrison was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel, “Beloved” – a tragic story in which a mother makes the choice to murder her baby to save it from a life of slavery. It was later adapted into a feature film in 1998, which stars Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton.

Morrison was the first black woman to receive a Nobel Prize for literature, which she received in 1993.

After receiving her award, she said: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”