Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of one of hip-hop’s most seminal and iconic figures, has died at age 69, the Marin County, California, sheriff’s office said Tuesday.
Though she is best known as Tupac Shakur’s mom, Shakur Davis also was a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist in her later years. Deputies responded to a family member’s call reporting “a possible cardiac arrest” at Shakur Davis’ Sausalito home about 9:34 p.m. Monday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said. Shakur Davis was taken to Marin General Hospital, where she died at 10:28 p.m., the office said.
There was nothing suspicious about her death and there’s no evidence of foul play, Lt. Doug Pittman said Tuesday. An autopsy was scheduled for later in the day. “Sheriff’s Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur’s death,” the office said in a tweet.
The Sheriff’s Coroners’ Office has launched an investigation into the exact cause and manner of Afeni’s death. Throughout the last 20 years of her life, Afeni was instrumental in raising money in her late son Tupac’s memory.
‘Changes’ rapper Tupac was shot on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died from his injuries some six days later, aged 25. His killer was never caught.
Tupac wrote about his beloved mother in his 1995 hit ‘Dear Mama’ Following his death, Afeni founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and helped create Broadway musical ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ in 2014 – which featured his music.
Afeni, who was born in North Carolina, was also CEO of Amaru Entertainment, Inc. – a record and film production company she founded in Atlanta.
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