Afeni Shakur Davis, former Black Panther, music entrepreneur, and the mother of the late rap legend Tupac Shakur, has passed at 69 years old.
The deputies of Marin County went to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, California on Monday night after she suffered from a potential cardiac arrest according to the sheriff’s office on Tuesday morning. She was rushed to a local hospital and died shortly before 10:30PM.
Shakur, who was born Alice Faye Williams, changed her name when she joined the Black Panther movement after moving to New York City. She, along with other members, were arrested in 1969 and charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple city landmarks.
Two years later, she was acquitted on all charges after representing herself in court, and then she gave birth to Tupac in June 1971.
She was the subject of one of Tupac’s most iconic songs “Dear Mama” in 1995, which talked about his childhood struggles and respect for his mother.
After the famous rapper’s death in 1996, Afeni Shakur took over the rapper’s estate, which reportedly makes about $900,000 every year.
Diane LaPolt, the lawyer who handled Tupac’s estate, and the legal work behind the 11 posthumously released albums, only had kind words about his mother saying, “She’s an advocate. She’s an activist. She taught me never to compromise your values — to always fight for what you believe in.” LaPolt grew close to Shakur, describing her as “one of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with.”
Shakur co-produced “Holler If Ya Hear Me” which was a Broadway jukebox musical that featured some of her son’s music. In addition, she served as an executive producer for a film on Tupac’s life called “All Eyez on Me” which was set for release in November with Danai Gurira cast as Shakur.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office will lead an investigation in order to learn about the reason behind Shakur’s death.
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