October 24, 2005

Civil rights icon Rosa Parks dies

DETROIT (Reuters) - Rosa Parks, the black seamstress whose
refusal to give her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a
white man sparked a revolution in American race relations, died
on Monday at age 92.

Shirley Kaigler, Parks' lawyer, said she died while taking
a nap early on Monday evening surrounded by a small group of
friends and family members.

"She just fell asleep and didn't wake up," Kaigler said.

The cause of death was not immediately known. Parks had
fought a long battle with dementia.

Kaigler said Parks was at home in an apartment complex
overlooking the Detroit River and the border with Ontario,
Canada, when she died.