Toni Morrison's work has always been celebrated by literary enthusiasts but her passing Monday (Aug 5) brought to light just how profound the Nobel laureate is. Many influential figures like former President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Shonda Rhimes shared touching stories about Morrison and how her work changed the scope of literature. Morrison died at the age of 88 this week, her family announced to the public on Tuesday (Aug 6). A mourning community paid their respects to the monumental author who made history as the first female African-American Noble Peace Prize recipient. Morrison's death also inspired the fan-favorite The Bluest Eye to trend on social media.