The beloved mother of Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur, has died at the age of 69.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California (in North San Francisco Bay Area) confirmed Shakur died late Monday night [May 2, 2016]. Officials have not released a cause of death.
Born Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina in 1947, Shakur lived between New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia and California throughout her life. She changed her name to Afeni Shakur when she 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 a case where she defended herself (and was pregnant with Tupac at the time). In May 1971, she was acquitted on all charges and gave birth to ‘Pac just one month later.
After Tupac’s 1996 shooting death, Shakur took over the late rapper’s estate, which reportedly earns about $900,000 each year.
In 2014, Shakur co-produced Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway jukebox musical featuring her son’s music. She released a memoir, Evolution Of A Revolutionary, with Jasmine Guy in 2004.
More information to come. Rest in peace, Ms. Shakur.