Many are saddened over the death of mother of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur, who died on Monday at the age of 69.
Prior to her death, the mother of one of the greatest rappers in history opened the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in 1997.
In 2014, she co-produced “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a Broadway musical centered around the music and poetry of Tupac, and also helped produce Tupac’s upcoming biopic “All Eyez On Me” which is due out in November.
Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she suffered a possible cardiac arrest, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning. She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.
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, she was acquitted on all charges — and she gave birth to Tupac just one month later. She was the subject of his 1995 song “Dear Mama,” in which Tupac detailed his childhood struggles and respect for his mother.
After her son’s 1996 shooting death, Shakur took over the late rapper’s estate, which reportedly earns about $900,000 each year.
Earlier this year, she filed for divorce against her husband of 12 years, Gust Davis, and was allegedly in a legal battle over the fortune, TMZ reported. Davis demanded half of the monthly $20,000 Shakur took home every month.
#RIPAfeni #RIPTupac Two angels in heaven