Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s Mother and Activist, Dies at 69

Posted: May 3, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Afeni Shakur, mother of music legend Tupac and political activist, died Tuesday morning from cardiac arrest complications. She was 69.

Authorities responded to an emergency call at Shakur’s residence in Sausalito, California late Monday night. She was transferred to a local hospital and was pronounced dead around 10:30 p.m.

A former member of the Black Panthers, Shakur first made national headlines in 1969 as a defendant in New York City’s “Panther 21” Trial, where she was charged with 20 others of conspiracy to bomb city landmarks.

Shakur represented herself in court while pregnant. She was acquitted of all charges in 1971 and gave birth to Tupac in June, one month after the verdict.

Following Tupac’s 1996 murder, Afeni Shakur oversaw his estate and spearheaded the release of 11 posthumous albums. In Atlanta, she opened the Tupac Amaru Center for the Arts in 1997, which focused on providing performing arts curriculum for children until closing its doors in late 2014.

Shakur’s death comes as music fans worldwide are expected to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s passing in September. A biopic, All Eyez On Me, is set for release later this year.

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