Gloria Naylor


Age: 66

best-selling author whose debut novel The Women of Brewster Place (1982) won the National Book Award and became a TV miniseries released through Oprah Winfrey's production company as her self-described love letter to a determined community of seven black women in a decaying housing project, and whose other books included Linden Hills, Mama Day, and Bailey's Cafe.

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Born: January 25, 1950

Died: September 28, 2016

Christiansted, Saint Croix, Virgin Islands