Afeni Shakur, mother of rap icon Tupac Shakur, who fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said Tuesday.
She was aged 69.
Responding to a 911 call to Shakur’s home in Sausalito Monday night, deputies and firefighters performed CPR, rushed her to a hospital and tried to revive her for about an hour, but “she had in fact died from what is believed to be some kind of cardiac event”, Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said.
A statement from her family and the Tupac Shakur estate expressed shock over her sudden death.
“Afeni embodied strength, resilience, wisdom and love. She was a pioneer for social change and was committed to building a more peaceful world. Her spirit will forever inspire all of those who had the honor and privilege of knowing her,” it read in part.
The statement also quoted “Dear Mama”, the classic hit her son wrote about her: “You always was a black queen, mama.”