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Afeni Shakur Davis, Mother of Tupac Shakur, Dead at 69


Afeni Shakur in September, 2006; Annette Brown/Getty Images

Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of the late rap legend Tupac Shakur, has died at age 69.

Davis’ death was confirmed by the Marin County, CA, Sheriff’s Department in a series of tweets Tuesday morning.

“Renown [sic] rap artist #Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur Davis, age 69, died late last night in Marin County,” the sheriff’s department tweeted at 6:32 a.m. ET. Subsequent tweets reveal deputies responded to a report of possible cardiac arrest at 9:34 p.m. PT Tuesday at Davis’ home in Sausalito, CA. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she “died @ 10:29 PM,” the tweet reads.

“Sheriff’s Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur’s death,” reads another tweet.

A former member of the Black Panthers, Afeni Shakur — born Alice Faye Williams — gave birth to son Tupac in June of 1971, just one month after she was acquitted of taking part in various bombings the Black Panthers were accused of carrying out. Tupac later celebrated her in his 1995 song “Dear Mama.”

After Shakur was murdered September 13, 1996, Afeni became the trustee of his estate, creating the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to that end. She was co-creator of the 2014 Tupac-inspired Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, and was involved in the forthcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me, scheduled for release this November.

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