Angelou Feeling Ill

updated 04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/30/1997 12:00AM

Poet Maya Angelou, 72, canceled an appearance at the University of Nebraska in Omaha after becoming ill on Friday. She went to an emergency room but was not admitted into the hospital, reports the Associated Press. "She was extremely exhausted and needed the wheelchair to get around," said a university spokeswoman. A Friday speaking engagement by the "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" author had to be canceled. Last year, Angelou reportedly suffered pneumonia.

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