MOTHER of Tupac Shakur, one of hip-hop’s most seminal and iconic figures, Afeni Shakur Davis, has died at 69, the Marin County, California, sheriff’s office said yesterday.
Though she is best known as Tupac Shakur’s mom, she was also a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist in her later years.
Deputies responded to a family member’s call reporting “a possible cardiac arrest” at Shakur Davis’ Sausalito home around 9:34 p.m. Monday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said.
Shakur Davis was taken to Marin General Hospital where she died at 10:28 p.m., the office said. “There was nothing suspicious about her death and there’s no evidence of foul play,” Lt. Doug Pittman said in a news conference yesterday afternoon.
“Sheriff’s Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur’s death,” the office said in a tweet.
Shakur Davis was a “well-loved, well-respected” member of the community, Pittman said.
“Miss Shakur has had an extensive background not only in the community but her involvement with so many things,” he said. “She’s been a leader, a person people followed. All that said about who she’s been and where’s she’s at now, this is a tragic loss for this community.”