Afeni Shakur, activist and mother of the late Tupac Shakur, has died at age 69. According to the New York Daily News, Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she suffered a possible cardiac arrest. She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.
Afeni was a member of the Black Panthers and Tupac dedicated his 1995 hit, “Dear Mama” to her. Hip-hop magazine veteran Tracii McGregor played Afeni in the video and shared what it was like to meet her then:
“[Afeni] came over and said hi and she was just marveling at how much I looked like her, couldn’t believe the casting. We got to watch the parts where she was looking through the photos and it just made it more real and there was more pressure to get it right and not make it contrived. ”
When Tupac was killed in 1996 Afeni oversaw his estate, which included releasing several posthumous albums and a broadway play inspired by his music. A movie about Tupac’s life, All Eyez on Me, is set for release in November, with Danai Gurira cast as Shakur. Shakur served as an executive producer for the film.
Our condolences are with the extended family of Afeni and Tupac.