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Her Family confirmed "with profound sadness" that Morrison had died "following a short illness".
Author of 11 novels, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, having published her first novel, The Bluest Eye, in 1970.
Her 1987 book Beloved told the story of a runaway female slave and was made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey in 1998.Toni Morrison pictured in 1979
"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," it continued.
"Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived Life . "
The Family added: "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 .President Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Her long-time editor, Robert Gottlieb from Knopf publishers, said: "She was a great woman and a great writer, and I don't know which I will miss more. "
"Her narratives and mesmerising prose have made an indelible mark on our culture. Her novels command and demand our attention.
"They are canonical works, and more importantly, they are books that remain beloved by readers. "Her fiction
When she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy described her as an author "who in novels characterised by visionary force and poetic import, gives Life to an essential aspect of American reality".
In 1996 she was honoured with The National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters,
Morrison also taught at Princeton University .'Storyteller through and through'
Professor Noliwe Rooks, who worked with Morrison at Princeton, told the BBC her debut novel, whose protagonist was a young Black Girl , had broken new ground when it was released in 1970.
"At this moment when [The Bluest Eye] comes Out - who's writing about black girls? Who's writing about this kind of trauma? Who's writing about The Interior Lives of someone like that? Who's writing about black communities?" said Prof Rooks.
"There was No One who was doing it the way she was, with the truth-telling and the ugliness, as well as the grandeur and the beauty. "
Prof Rooks, now at Cornell University , added that Morrison "could make a story about going car-shopping sound like some kind of Homeric odyssey".
"From the moment she left her house to the riding in the back of the Bentley was somehow an epic adventure," She Said . "Both at The Level of the mundane as well as The Epic , the well-honoured, she was a story-teller through and through. "'May she rest in Power '
, TV writer and producer Shonda Rimes said she had grown up "wanting to be only her".
Merky Books, which was Set Up by grime star Stormzy to help black and minority authors, paid their respects by quoting the late author herself.
"If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it,"