Amiri Baraka, the legendary African-American playwright and former Poet Laureate of New Jersey, has been hospitalized, according to a broadcast report by Roland Martin. The radio and television host of NewsOne Now announced the news on his Twitter handle as well as his radio program.

Not much is known about the condition of the poet who is reportedly receiving treatment at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. NewsOne will update this post as we get more information on Baraka’s health.

Over the last eight hours, an outpouring of support wishing the playwright a speedy recover is dominating Twitter:

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