Angelou Alive, Well, Despite Reports

TMZ reports poet's illness, Twitterers add 'RIP'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2009 1:24 AM CDT
Author Maya Angelou delivers a tribute to South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Washington last year.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Contrary to reports by TMZ and scores of Tweets and re-Tweets, Maya Angelou is alive and well. The gossip site reported over the weekend that the poet missed a Los Angeles awards show because she had been hospitalized. In fact, she hadn't been invited to the presentation. The mix-up exhibited Twitter’s formidable power as an echo chamber. The poet quickly became the top trending topic on the site, with some members adding “RIP” to their Tweets, Reuters reports.