Tupac Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur Davis (born Alice Faye Williams), has died at the age of 69. According to reports, Monday night, she suffered a possible cardiac arrest and was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.
Afeni was an American music businesswoman, philanthropist, political activist and Black Panther. She acted as her own criminal defense attorney after being accused of taking part in numerous bombings as a member of the Panthers.
Exactly one year following Tupac’s death, with the money made from Tupac’s posthumous albums, Afeni founded the Georgia-based Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which provides art programs for young people, and Amaru Entertainment, the holding company for all Tupac’s unreleased material.
She has also since launched a fashion clothing line, Makaveli Branded; all proceeds go to his charity, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
Shakur was reportedly in Federal Court on July 20, 2007, to file an injunction to prevent Death Row Records from selling any unreleased material from Tupac after the company failed to prove that the unreleased songs were not part of its bankruptcy settlement. She created a record label named Amaru Records to release Tupac’s unreleased recordings. Afeni Shakur won her court case against Death Row Record to receive 150 unreleased songs by her son. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]