By Annie Reuter

Afeni Shakur, the mother of rapper Tupac, has died. She was 69.

Shakur died late Monday (May 2). Police arrived at her house at about 9:30 following the report of a possible cardiac arrest, reported  night. She was transferred to a hospital in Marin County, California, where she died around an hour later.

An investigation into the exact cause and manner of Davis’ death will be conducted, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Afeni Shakur was a respected political activist, freedom fighter and Black Panther as well as a woman wo worked hard to maintain her son’s legacy. In 1997, she opened the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Ga. Last year the center displayed  a letter from Eminem, in which he thanked Afeni for her support.

“Thank you for always being so kind to me,” he wrote. “You are a true Queen, and I mean that in every sense of the word. I will never forget the opportunities you have given me. You will always be in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers.”

On display alongside his letter was a drawing of Tupac, in which he shared the rapper’s influence on his life.

“When I was feeling at my ‘worst’ (before fame, before Dre), I knew I could put that ‘Tupac’ tape in and, suddenly, things weren’t so bad,” he wrote. “He gave me the courage to stand up and say, ‘F–k the world! This is who I am! And if you don’t like it, go f–k yourself!'”

Fans and musicians are beginning to share their condolences on Twitter following Afeni’s death.

Earlier this year, a Tupac Shakur biopic was filmed in Atlanta. The film, called All Eyez On Me reportedly stars Danai Gurira from the Walking Dead as Afeni.


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