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Wednesday, 4 May 2016
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRICAN AMERICAN " AFENI SHAKUR " THE MOTHER OF WORLD FAMOUS RAPPER TUPAC SHAKUR DIES AT AGED 69 - GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY
Afeni Shakur, mother of the late rap star Tupac Shakur, died Monday night aged 69.
The Marin County Sheriff's Department, located in California, confirmed her death on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
The department wrote on social media: 'Renowned rap artist #Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur Davis, age 69, died late last night in Marin County.'
Passed away: Afeni Shakur, mother of the late rap star Tupac Shakur, died Monday night aged 69. She is seen here with her son in an undated photograph
According to the sheriff's department they were called to the political activist's home in the affluent suburb of Sausalito in the San Francisco Bay Area just after 9.30pm for a possible cardiac arrest.
Afeni was transported to a nearby hospital where she died at 10.28pm.
The cause of her death has yet to be confirmed and the department is now investigating.
'Sheriff's Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur's death,' the department said on Twitter.
Possible heart attack: According to the sheriff's department they were called to the political activist's (pictured 2009) home in the affluent suburb of Sausalito in the San Francisco Bay Area just after 9.30pm for a possible cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead an hour later in hospital.
No doubt: The Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed her death on Twitter on Tuesday morning
The department said it was still collecting information and would speak to the media later on Tuesday.
Afeni was a guiding force in Tupac's life, inspiring politically and also providing a muse for some of his raps.
Coroner's case: The cause of her death has yet to be confirmed and the department is now investigating. She is pictured here in 2005
The late hip hop star rapped about his mom in 1995 track Dear Mama, in which he detailed her strength to try to raise him right and their sometimes tumultuous relationship when he found himself on the wrong end of the law.
It also spoke about Afeni's own struggle with drug addiction and poverty during her son's childhood.
In the rap, he said: 'Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place.
'There's no way I can pay you back/But the plan is to show you that I understand/You are appreciated.'
Afeni was no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law herself as a political activist and a member of the controversial Black Panthers.
Born Alice Faye Williams, Afeni changed her name when she joined the movement and was accused of being involved in a plot to bomb a number of public buildings.
The activist was pregnant with Tupac in 1971 when she was jailed while she and other Panthers faced conspiracy charges - the charges were later dismissed.
Tupac died in 1996 at age 25, the victim of a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. His murder has never been solved.
After her rap star son's death, Afeni took over her son's estate, which according to multiple reports, earns $900,000 a year.
The late activist also was serving as the executive producer of the film about her son's life, All Eyez on Me.
Dear Mama: Afeni was a guiding force in Tupac's life, inspiring politically and also providing a muse for some of his raps. The pair are seen here in an undated photograph taken close to the time of Tupac's 1996 murder