LOS ANGELES - American author Toni Morrison, the first black woman of any nationality to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died at the age of 88, her publisher confirmed Tuesday.
"We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight," her publisher, Knopf, wrote on Twitter.
The post included a part of Morrison's speech when she received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."
Her publicist told GMA that Morrison had been at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York at the time of her death.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Morrison, born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for her novel, "Beloved," which was later adapted into a film of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover in 1998.
Dictionary.com also posted a tweet in her memory.
The novel was the first of a memorable trilogy by the author that included "Jazz" in 1992 and "Paradise" in 1997. Her latest novel, "God Help the Child," was published in 2015.
The documentary, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," which gives an "artful and intimate meditation on the life and words of the acclaimed novelist' is in theaters now.
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FOX 11's Kelli Johnson contributed to this report