The hip hop world is in mourning today as the mother of the legendary rapper Tupac, Afeni Shakur, has died at the age of 69. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California confirmed to RCV that Shakur died late Monday night.
Afeni, opened the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain in 1997 and resided in the area. A Tupac Shakur movie called ‘”All Eyez On Me” just wrapped filming in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Danai Gurira, from ‘The Walking Dead’ will play the African-American activist in the biopic.
Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., last night after she suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. She was rushed 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 gave birth to hip hop legend 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. “There’s no way I can pay you back/But the plan is to show you that I understand/You are appreciated,” he rapped. After her son’s 1996 shooting death, Shakur took over the late rapper’s estate, which reportedly earns about $900,000 each year.
R.I.P Afeni Shakur January 10, 1947 – May 3, 2016