Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of Tupac, dead at 69

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Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of the late hip-hop legend Tupac, has died at the age of 69. Marin County police arrived at Shakur’s home in Sausalito, California, Monday evening after she suffered what may have been a cardiac arrest. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died just before 10:30pm, according to the sheriff’s office Tuesday morning.

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Afeni was born Alice Faye Williams and changed her name when she joined the Black Panther Movement in New York City. She was among Panther members who were arrested in 1969 over a conspiracy to bomb busy city landmarks. She would eventually be acquitted on all charges in 1971 and shortly thereafter give birth to her son Tupac.

Her influence on her son’s life was no secret. His 1995 song “Dear Mama” was a salute to Afeni’s hard work as a single mother through rough times and a drug addiction.

Tupac died a year after the release of that song, and his estate was left to Afeni. She worked continuously to make sure her son’s legacy was remembered. She served as an executive producer on the 2003 Oscar nominated documentary Tupac: Resurrection.

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In 2014, she co-produced “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a Broadway play featuring her son’s work, and in November, “All Eyes on Me” a Tupac biopic she served as an executive producer on, is set to be released.

According to TMZ, Shakur filed for divorce against her husband Gust Davis. The two had been married for 12 years. The two were reportedly in a dispute over her fortune.