Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of legendary rapper Tupac died Monday night (May 2) in California.
According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, she died at 10.28pm after being rushed to the hospital following a report of “a possible cardiac arrest” in her Sausalito home.
She was 69.
She was a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist in later years.
Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams, changed her name when she moved to New York City and joined the Black Panther movement. She and other party members were arrested in 1969 and charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple, busy city landmarks.
In May 1971, was acquitted on all charges after she represented herself in court — and she gave birth to Tupac just one month later. nydailynews.com
She will forever be immortalized in Tupac’s 1995 track “Dear Mama” where the rapper touched on her previous challenges with drug use and her overall effect on his legacy.
Tupac Shakur remains one of hip-hop’s most iconic figures. His music stood out due to its poetry and bold autobiographical themes. He was also an actor, best known for his role in “Poetic Justice” with Janet Jackson.
On September 7, 1996, he was shot multiple times while leaving a boxing event in Las Vegas – a case that still remains unsolved to date. He was 25.
After Tupac’s passing, Shakur Davis focused her attention on keeping her son’s memory alive.
She founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which provides art programs for young people. She believed in using the arts to ‘save’ children from ‘getting lost’. Something she could attest to because she had enrolled Tupac in the arts while she battled cocaine use.
She also founded Amaru Entertainment- the holding company for all of Tupac’s unreleased material.
In 2014, she co-produced “Holler If Ya Hear Me”, a Broadway musical based on Tupac’s work.
She also served as an executive producer for “All Eyez on Me”, a movie about Tupac’s life, which is set for release in November.
The Marin County sheriff’s coroner’s office will lead the investigation to determine the exact cause of Shakur-Davis’ death.