The mother of one of the most prolific global icons in hip-hop culture has passed away.
According to the New York Daily News, Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of the late Tupac Shakur has died at the age of 69. Afeni was the most important overseer of her deceased son’s substantial posthumous estate. Dear Mama was one of Tupac’s most celebrated songs.
The song appeared on his mega-successful full-length 1995 album Me Against the World. It was a heartfelt hit made by Tupac that was a dedication to his mother. The Daily News reported that Afeni was pronounced dead around 10:30 p.m. on Monday night (May 2nd), according to a Tuesday morning (May 3rd) statement from the Marin County, California’s Sheriff’s Office.
Marin County deputies responded to a call at Afeni’s Sausalito, California home last night after she reportedly was having a heart attack. She was quickly taken to a hospital where she eventually passed away.
Afeni Shakur was born Alice Fay Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina on January 10, 1947. In her young adulthood, she moved to New York City where she joined the Black Panther Movement. She was formerly married to Mutulu Shakur (another member of the Black Panther Movement), which is when she changed her name.
In June 1971, her son Tupac Shakur was born in Baltimore, Maryland. At the time, Afeni was just acquitted of false charges of conspiring with other members of the Black Panther Party to bomb numerous New York City landmarks. Afeni was incarcerated during her pregnancy as she carried her future legendary son.
She talks about the experience briefly in a video clip, which was featured in the visual depiction of Dear Mama. Afeni has been instrumental in the continued legacy of her son. At the time of her death, she was serving as an executive producer for “All Eyes On Me,” film biopic that chronicles the life of her late iconic son.
The film is scheduled to be released in November of this year.