Toni Morrison — who won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel "Beloved" — passed away on Monday night. She was 88.
A friend confirmed her passing to the Associated Press and Vulture reports that a cause of death is not yet known.
Her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, released a statement on Tuesday, saying, "We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight."
It then quoted one of her works, saying, "We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."