Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther and mother of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur has died. She was 69 years old.
Marin County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responded to Shakur’s houseboat in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she fell ill and suffered a suspected heart attack, police said.
A family member and a close friend were present when she became unresponsive, cops said.
“At this point, there is nothing to indicate to us that there was any foul play, nothing suspicious about this other than this being sadly a natural event,” Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said.
Paramedics arrived around 9:30 p.m., and Shakur was rushed to Marin General Hospital, where she was treated for about an hour before she was pronounced dead, according to Pittman.
An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.
Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams) changed her name after joining the Black Panther Movement. She and other party members were later arrested in 1969 and charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple city landmarks.
In May 1971, Shakur was acquitted on all charges after she represented herself in court while heavily pregnant. She gave birth to Tupac a month later.
Rest In Peace Afeni Shakur.