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Mother of Tupac Shakur dies in Marin County

FILE - In this June 16, 2011 file photo, Afeni Shakur, mother of the late Tupac Shakur, attends the 2Pac 40th Birthday Concert Celebration in Atlanta. Afeni Shakur has died. She was 69 years old. The Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Department confirmed her death.
FILE - In this June 16, 2011 file photo, Afeni Shakur, mother of the late Tupac Shakur, attends the 2Pac 40th Birthday Concert Celebration in Atlanta. Afeni Shakur has died. She was 69 years old. The Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Department confirmed her death. AP

The mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur died Monday night in Marin County.

Marin County deputies responded to the Sausalito home of Afeni Shakur, 69, on a report of a person in cardiac arrest. Afeni Shakur Davis was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:28 p.m.

The sheriff’s-coroner office will lead an investigation into the exact cause of her death.

Afeni Shakur Davis told the Associated Press in 2005 that she kicked a cocaine habit, and by the time Tupac was killed in 1996 at the height of his fame, they had grown closer.

As she bounced from New York City to Baltimore to California, falling deeper into drugs and joining the Black Panther movement, she enrolled her young son in several arts schools and programs, where he honed musical and acting abilities.

He would go on to become a hip hop icon before being gunned down in Las Vegas.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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