Sad news to report this morning. Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, has died at the age of 69. The woman reportedly passed away after suffering from cardiac arrest. Afeni was pronounced dead in Marin County, California on Monday night according to the Marin County Sheriff's Department.
At 9:34 p.m. last night, officers responded to a call about a possible cardiac arrest. Afeni Shakur Davis was picked up at her home. She was then transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:28 pm. A cause of death has not yet been confirmed at this time. The Sheriff's Coroners Office will lead a full investigation.The Marin County Sheriff Department released the following statement.
"Renown rap artist #Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur Davis, age 69, died late last night in Marin County. Deps responded to report of poss cardiac arrest @ 9:34PM last night @ her home in Sausalto, trans to hospital where she died @ 10:28PM. Sheriff's Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur's death."
Afeni Shakur Davis was the subject of possibly Tupac's most famous song 'Dear Mama'. In 1996, she took full ownership of his estate after the legendary musician was killed. She has since been in charge of overseeing all of his posthumous releases. She also founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, helping to bring art programs to children around the world. She also founded Amaru Entertainment, the holding company for all of Tupac's unreleased material. And she launched a fashion clothing line called Makaveli Branded based on her son's fashion sensibility. All proceeds of which have gone back into the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
Born Alice Faye Williams in January of 1947, Afeni Shakur Davis lead quite a full life before becoming world renown as the mother of Tupac Shakur. She was an American music businesswoman, philanthropist, political activist and Black Panther. She also once acted as her own criminal defense attorney after being accused of taking part in numerous bombings as a member of the Black Panthers.
Earlier this year, the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me went into production. The movie will star The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur Davis. Benny Boom is directing with Demetrius Shipp Jr. playing the late rapper. Shooting on the movie needed to get started by the end of 2015, or else production company Morgan Creek would have lost Tupac Shakur's music rights, which would have reverted back to his mother. Principal photography got started at the end of December, with Afeni Shakur herself on board as an executive producer. The movie will depict Afeni Shakur as a political activist and an active member of the Black Panther party, who raised her son to be an avid reader and a political mind that influenced his rap music.