Afeni Shakur Davis, the activist mother of dead rap legend Tupac Shakur who was the subject of his iconic “Dear Mama” song and controlled his estate, has died. She was 69 years old.
Marin County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif. Monday night after she suffered a possible heart attack, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning.
She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.
“At this point there is nothing to indicate to us that there was any foul play, nothing suspicious about this other than this being sadly a natural event that has occurred,” Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said Tuesday.
He said Shakur was in the company of a friend when she began to feel sick.
“She was experiencing some type of physical discomfort,” Pittman said.
“Attempts were made to try to remedy those problems at home, but when they got more severe, it was at that time the family friend called 911 and asked for medical help.”
Paramedics arrived around 9:30 p.m. and immediately began to provide CPR, he said.
She was rushed to Marin General Hospital, where she was treated for about an hour before she died, Pittman said.
The investigation has been turned over to the coroner’s division, where officials will speak to family members about Shakur’s recent health history and research her medical records to determine whether an autopsy is needed, he said.
“This is a tragic loss to this community,” Pittman said.