Tupac’s Mother Afeni Shakur Died at 69

2016 is the year that just keeps claiming lives. On Monday evening, Afeni Shakur, mother of the late hip hop icon Tupac Shakur passed away.

News first came via the Marin County Sheriff’s Department who confirmed her death early Tuesday morning.

According to reports police responded to a possible cardiac arrest situation at 9:30pm on Tuesday evening at her home in Sausalito. Shakur was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead an hour later.

Aside from being known as the mother of the renowned Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams in 1947, was a well known member of the Black Panther movement.

In 1969 she and a number of other members of the Black Panther Party were arrested and charged with conspiring to bomb multiple city landmarks. She represented herself in court and was acquitted of all charges in  may of 1971, giving birth to Tupac just one month later.

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After Tupac’s death his mother took over his estate which is estimated to earn over $900,000 a year. She, along with lawyer, Dina LaPolt, was instrumental in posthumously releasing 11 Tupac albums. Shakur also produced  Holler If Ya Hear Me in 2014, a jukebox featuring Tupac’s works and executive produced All Eyes On Me a movie based on Tupac’s life starring Danai Gurira, which is set to debut in November.

Most infamously, Afeni Shakur was the subject of one of Tupac’s most memorable songs “Dear Mama.”

“There’s no way I can pay you back/But the plan is to show you that I understand/You are appreciated,” rapped Tupac as he thanked his mom for struggling to try to make a better life for him.

The investigation inot her exact cause of death is still ongoing.

Squad, we’re sending our prayers to the rest of the family, not only did e lose the woman who birthed a legend, we lost a woman who fought for what she believed in.

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.