Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of the late, legendary Hip Hop artist Tupac Shakur, has died.
The sheriff’s office reported Tuesday morning that Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she suffered a possible cardiac arrest. She was transported to a local hospital and died later that night, just before 10:30 p.m. Afeni Shakur was 69 years old.
Born Alice Faye Williams, Afeni changed her name when she moved to New York City and joined the Black Panther movement. She was arrested along with other party members in 1969 and charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple, busy city landmarks.
In May 1971, she was acquitted on all charges. She gave birth to her son Tupac one month later.
After her son’s still unsolved shooting in 1996 death, Shakur took over the late Hip Hop artist’s estate, which reportedly earns about $900,000 each year.
In 2014, Shakur co-produced “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a Broadway jukebox musical featuring her son’s works.
A movie about Tupac’s life, “All Eyez on Me,” is set for release in November, with Danai Gurira cast as Shakur. Shakur served as an executive producer for the film.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office will lead the investigation to determine the cause and manner of Shakur’s death.