AUTHOR & NOBLE PRIZE WINNER TONI MORRISON HAS DIED: She captured the complexion of life and race.

BELOVED Author has passed away at the age of 88.

The celebrated novelist Toni Morrison died Monday night, according to her publisher, Knopf.

She was 88 years old. According to Knopf, the author died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, following a “short illness.” Born Chloe Ardella Wofford, Morrison was best known for her critically acclaimed and best-selling novel Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among her other memorable and influential novels were Jazz (1992) and Paradise (1997); the three books make up a loose trilogy. Just after the last of them was published,

Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first black woman of any nationality to do so.