Tupac once said, “Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mama’s place” in his classic song “Dear Mama,” which was dedicated to his mom, Afeni Shakur. RFFocus is sad to announce that Afeni Shakur has died at the age of 69 years old. As mother’s day soon approaches, I’m sure most of us can relate to Tupac’s words as to how he felt about his mom.
Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she suffered a possible cardiac arrest, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning. She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.
Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams, changed her name when she moved to New York City and joined the Black Panther movement. She was also an American music businesswoman, philanthropist, political activist and well-known Black Panther. She was so instrumental in keeping the legacy of her son shining in a positive light. She created a record label named Amaru Records to release Tupac’s unreleased recordings after winning a court battle with Death Row Records.
In addition to loving her son immensely, Afeni Shakur made guest appearances, lectured, and more, traveling the US. On February 6, 2007, she gave the Keynote Address for Vanderbilt’s Commemoration for Black History Month.
RFFocus would like to send our condolences to her family, friends, and loved ones. She will be missed.