Television and movie icon, Angela Lansbury, has died at the age of 96. She is perhaps best known as the mystery novelist Jessica Fletcher on CBS' hit show Murder, She Wrote.

The news was confirmed by People and The Hollywood Reporter. The family tells the media that she died peacefully early this morning, just five days shy of her 97th birthday.

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Among her many roles, she's known as the voice of Mrs. Potts in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and leading lady (Broadway's aunt in the musical Mame).

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