Afeni Shakur, Mother of Hip Hop Icon Tupac, Dies at 69

Afeni Shakur, Mother of Hip Hop Icon Tupac, Dies at 69

Afeni Shakur, Mother of Hip Hop Icon Tupac, Dies at 69

Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, has died at age 69.

On Monday night, Marin County deputies were called to her home in Sausalito, California, after she had suffered a cardiac arrest. Following Tupac's shooting death in 1997, Shakur Davis took control of her son's estate and vowed to keep his memory alive.

Shakur was born Alice Faye Williams, but changed her name after joining the Black Panthers in the 1960s. In 1969, she was arrested with other members of the party on conspiracy to bomb city landmarks.

Shakur, who is the subject of Tupac's song "Dear Mama", is responsible for the continued survival for her son's legacy.

Tupac's famous song about his mother, "Dear Mama", was released in 1995, and would go on to be added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

Tupac was famously shot on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada, dying from his injuries six days later.

'Pac told the local drug dealers not to sell to her, she said, and he told his mother to get clean or to forget about being involved in his life. However, it inspired Shakur to continue her activism and philanthropy.

Dina LaPolt, the attorney who handled Tupac Shakur's, paid tribute to Ms Shakur as "one of the smartest people I've ever worked with".

After the rapper's untimely death, Afeni started the Tupac Amaru Foundation in Stone Mountain, Ga., which teaches children self-expression through dance classes, drama, creative writing and other programs. Davis demanded half of the monthly $20,000 Shakur took home every month.

"All Eyez On Me", a movie of Tupac's life, was partially filmed in Atlanta and is set to be released this year.

The Marin County Sheriff's Coroner's Office will be launching an investigation into Davis' death.

Earlier this year, she was embroiled in a divorce battle with Gust Davis, her husband of 12 years, TMZ reported.

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