Vulture is reporting that Toni Morrison died on Monday and this has been confirmed by her publisher, Knopf.
According to the media house, the cause of her death has yet to be made public,
Morrison, who is a celebrated novelist and Nobel Prize winner, was best known for her best-selling novel Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
She went on to write other works, including On Mercy, Love, Jazz, Paradise, and so many others.
In 993, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first black woman of any nationality to do so. Her latest, God Help the Child, was published in 2015.
Before she was a world-renowned author, Morrison worked as an editor for Random House, where she worked for 19 years, giving a platform to a new generation of black writers including Toni Cade Bambara, Gayl Jones, and Angela Davis. She was also the Chair of Humanities at Princeton, where she taught from 1989 to 2006.
She was 88.