Tupac Shakur‘s mother, Afeni Shakur, has reportedly passed away.
Police reponded to an emergency call from Afeni Shakur’s California home just before 10pm on Monday night (May 2) following reports of a cardiac arrest. The female patient was transported to hospital where she was declared dead at 10:28pm. She was 69.
Afeni Shakur established and ran the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation after her son’s death in September 1996. A former Black Panther, she defended herself in court in 1971 after being accused of conspiracy to bomb police stations, department stores, and other public places in New York City. The case lasted five months and resulted in Shakur being found not guilty.
The Marin County Sheriff has confirmed that a coroner will investigate the death to establish a cause.
Afeni long opposed the selling of her son’s memorabilia, and regularly looked to block the sale of merchandise and signed items. The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation was also responsible for the posthumous release of a lot of the rapper’s music.
One of Afeni’s last tasks as controller of her son’s estate was overseeing new biopic, All Eyez On Me. Filming on the project wrapped up last month (April). Demetrius Shipp Jr plays the lead role.
Directed by Benny Boom, the film will chart Shakur’s life from his upbringing to his rise in hip hop and Hollywood. It will also touch on the icon’s connections to the Black Panther party and relationship with his mother