Morrison was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 as well as given the President Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2012.

Toni Morrison, the renowned author best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved,” died Monday night, her publicist and family confirmed Tuesday.

Morrison had been at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York at the time of her death, according to her publicist. She was 88.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, but her family said she had “a short illness”.