Maya Angelou Sidelined Due To Undisclosed Illness

Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou will not attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she will be honored.

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Major League Baseball cited “health reasons” in saying the 86-year-old won’t make it to the May 30 event in Houston before the annual Civil Rights Game.

Angelou canceled an event just a month earlier in Fayetteville, Arkansas, because she was recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that sent her to the hospital.

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Robin Roberts will be the keynote at the baseball event, which will also honor Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and football great Jim Brown.

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Angelou says in a statement she respects MLB for holding the annual event. She didn’t disclose the nature of her illness.

Many of Maya’s fans have already shared via social media that they are praying for her speedy recovery.

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