American author, professor, feminist, and social activist, bell hooks, has died at the age of 69, her family has confirmed.
She died on Wednesday at her home in Kentucky “surrounded by her family and friends”, according to a statement.
Her niece Ebony Motley tweeted: “The family of @bellhooks is sad to announce the passing of our sister, aunt, great aunt, and great great aunt.”
The author, professor, and activist was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 1952, and published more than 30 books in her lifetime, covering topics including race, feminism, capitalism, and intersectionality.
hooks was considered a trailblazer within the intersectional feminism movement, and published some 40 books during her life.
Her real name was Gloria Jean Watkins but she adopted her great-grandmother’s name Bell Blair Hooks for her writing.