Sad news for the Hip Hop world this morning as it has been reported that Afeni Shakur, the mother of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, has passed away.
She was 69.
Details are still coming out about the incident, but here’s what we know so far.
She suffered a possible cardiac arrest on Monday night in her Sausalito, California home in Marin County, New York Daily News reported Tuesday.
Authorities responded to an incident and she was rushed to a nearby hospital where she passed away around 10:30 that evening. Afeni, who was born Alice Faye Williams, was the subject of many of Tupac’s hit songs in the 90's, most famous of which was "Dear Mama". In that song, Tupac rapped about the real struggles he witnessed his mother experience throughout his childhood.
Shakur changed her name after she relocated to New York City and joined the infamous Black Panther union. She was one of many who were taken into custody back in 1969 after she was allegedly involved with a plan to bomb several historical landmarks in the city. She along with the others was charged with conspiracy.
She was acquitted in May of 1971. Tupac was born just a month later. Shakur was also a pivitol part in the investigation of Tupac’s shocking 1996 shooting death. She was listed as the head of his estate, which is said to bring in just under a million dollars a year.
Interestingly enough, the biopic for Tupac called All Eyez On Me just wrapped filming with actress Danai Gurira slated to play Afeni.
An investigation is set to determine the cause of Afeni’s death.