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 People.com. night. She was transferred to a hospital in Marin County, California, where she died around an hour later.
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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.
Afeni Shakur passing is really dwelling on my mind... It takes one God of a woman to single-handedly raise a GOOD man.—
K'la (@klathelyricist) May 03, 2016
Afeni Shakur was more than just the mother of a rap legend, she was a revolutionary https://t.co/C9o044YpbR—
jesse bernard (@MarvinsCorridor) May 03, 2016
My prayer is that Afeni Shakur is remembered not only as the mother of Tupac, but also as a radical freedom fighter herself.—
#JusticeForDeriante (@SankofaBrown) May 03, 2016
DJ J Free, PPC Bit (@DJJFree) May 03, 2016
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.