Twenty years after the death of her son, Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur Davis has passed away at the age of 69.
Marin County deputies responded to an emergency call made from Shakur’s home in Sausalito, California on Monday night after she suffered what is being described as a possible cardiac arrest. She was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead just before 10:30p.m.
Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams was the subject in one of her son’s most famous songs, “Dear Mama”, in which he expressed his understanding of the hardships she faced when raising a family as a single parent.
Before the rise of her son, Tupac, Afeni moved from her home in North Carolina to New York City, where she joined the Black Panther Movement. Herself and other party members were arrested in 1969 after being charged with a conspiracy to bomb multiple landmarks in the city.
After the death of Tupac in 1996, Afeni took over the estate, which reportedly earns around $900,000 each year.
In 2014, Afeni Shakur Davis co-produced “Holler If Ya Hear Me”, a Broadway jukebox musical featuring her son’s works. A movie about her son’s life entitled “All Eyez on Me” is set for release in November 2016, with Danai Gurira cast as Tupac. Afeni served as an executive producer for the film.
It was reported that earlier this year, she had filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years, Gust Davis, whom she was allegedly in a legal battle with over the fortune that Tupac’s estate had amassed – Davis was said to have demanded half of the monthly $20,000 that Afeni Shakur was taking home each month.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office will lead the investigation to determine the cause and manner of Shakur’s death.