56-year-old Malikah Shabazz, daughter of civil rights leader Malcolm X passes away in her Brooklyn apartment.

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Police say she was found unresponsive inside her Midwood, Brooklyn apartment on East 28th Street by her daughter on Monday. The death does not appear suspicious.

Investigators do not suspect foul play. A medical examiner is working to determine the cause of death for Malikah Shabazz.


The police commissioner told Pix11 Morning News that she had been sick for some time.

Her passing comes just days after the convictions of two men were exonerated in the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X.

Malikah and her twin sister Malaak never met their 39-year-old father, as they were born seven months after he was assassinated in 1965.

The daughter of fellow civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, sent her condolences via social media following Ms Shabazz’s death.

Ms King said on Twitter:

“I’m deeply saddened by the death of Malikah Shabazz. My heart goes out to her family, the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.”

“Dr. Shabazz was pregnant with Malikah and her twin sister, Malaak, when Brother Malcolm was assassinated.”

“Be at peace, Malikah.”

No other details have been made public at this time.

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