Afeni Shakur dies aged 69

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Afeni Shakur Davis, the activist mother of slain 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.


Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams, changed her name when she moved to New York City and joined the Black Panther movement. She and other party members were arrested in 1969 and charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple busy city landmarks.


In May 1971, she was acquitted on all charges after she represented herself in court while heavily pregnant. She gave birth to Tupac just one month later.


She was the subject of his 1995 song "Dear Mama," in which Tupac detailed his childhood struggles and respect for his mother's battle back from addiction.


"There's no way I can pay you back/But the plan is to show you that I understand/You are appreciated," he rapped.


After her son's 1996 shooting death, Shakur took over the late rapper's estate, which reportedly earns about $900,000 each year.


Dina LaPolt, a California attorney who handled Tupac Shakur's estate for nearly 10 years, fought back tears as she described Shakur, who inspired the lawyer to open up her own firm in 2001.


"She's an advocate,” LaPolt told the Daily News. “She's an activist. She taught me never to compromise your values - to always fight for what you believe in."


LaPolt oversaw the legal work behind 11 posthumously released albums while she represented the estate between 2001 and 2010


The lawyer developed a close professional relationship with Shakur, who LaPolt described as "one of the smartest people I've ever worked with." Shakur also influenced LaPolt's personal life, she said. "I met her when I was 91 days sober. Now I'm 18 years sober," she said. "She was very, very instrumental in my life. I carry her with me to this day."


Earlier this year, Shakur filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years, Gust Davis, and was in a legal battle over her son’s estate, TMZ reported.


Davis demanded half of the monthly $20,000 Shakur took home every month.


In 2014, Shakur co-produced "Holler If Ya Hear Me," a Broadway jukebox musical featuring her son's works.


A movie about Tupac's life, "All Eyez on Me," is set for release in November, with Danai Gurira cast as Shakur. Shakur served as an executive producer for the film.
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She must of had a really bad life especially to lose a son. Hopefully she is at peace with herself now!
 

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I had no idea there was a movie about Tupac coming out later this year. I'll have to keep all eyes on it.
 

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[QUOTE="Vyse, post: 6510770]I had no idea there was a movie about Tupac coming out later this year. I'll have to keep all eyes on it.[/QUOTE]
wait they making the sex tape a full movie ?
 

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[QUOTE="BBK.., post: 6510772]Was always more of a Biggie fan but 2Pac always seemed to have more a message in his music [/QUOTE]
I really don't like all the gangster stuff because it's just violence encouraging more violence. However, I can't deny what a powerful song Changes is:

[video=youtube;uS4CvCGFyqc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS4CvCGFyqc[/video]
 

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Eh, 'gangster rap' only encourages violence as much as a movie does.

To quote Jay Z; "Scarface the movie did more than Scarface the rapper to me.
Still, that ain't to blame for all the shit that's happened to me".

I always find it amusing - not about you - when people say rap music is too violent yet go on to enjoy violent movies.


TapaTalking from my Mind.
 

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[QUOTE="BBK.., post: 6510784]Eh, 'gangster rap' only encourages violence as much as a movie does. [/QUOTE]
I don't agree. One is a fantasy and the other is a reality.

Scarface the movie did more than Scarface the rapper to me
What on earth does that even mean?
 

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[QUOTE="Major, post: 6510786]I don't agree. One is a fantasy and the other is a reality.[/quote]
I like you major so forgive me if this comes across wrong but you're talking pure shit, plain and simple.

They're both art forms of different mediums. But to say one is fantasy and the other is reality is hypocrisy way, way off the scale.

Eminem: "A lotta people ask me stupid fucking questions
A lotta people think that what I say on record
Or what I talk about on a record
That I actually do in real life or that I believe in it
Or if I say that I wanna kill somebody, that
I'm actually gonna do it or that I believe in it"

The problem is people have no problem loving a Scorsese or Tarantino film which are often packed of violence but when it's someone rapping about it all hell breaks loose.

What on earth does that even mean?
Scarface is a rapper who makes/made gangster rap. People accuse him of being too violent and will happily blame the rap genre on violent crimes. Yet no one blames the film industry or the film Scarface for drug and violent crimes.

So he is saying Scarface the rapper had less of an impact on him than Scarface the movie did yet no one comes out saying it's too violent.

What you going to tell me next, violent games are the reasons for people killing each other? Because saying music is to blame is equally stupid.
 

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[QUOTE="BBK.., post: 6510788]What you going to tell me next, violent games are the reasons for people killing each other? Because saying music is to blame is equally stupid.[/QUOTE]
No, but I can see you're invested here. I never said music is to blame but I did say (of the rap culture) it encourages and glorifies it, it being violence. If you think that's wrong then you don't understand human nature, especially the fragile male ego. I can see clearly the way it encourages all the negative stereotypes and unfortunately people take that and build themselves around it, thinking it's ok when it's not. It's no good quoting lyrics from music at me either, I've heard 'em all before and it only reinforces my opinion of the negativity. Blame something else, not themselves. Whatever, circles.
 

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I'm just saying blaming rap music for making someone violent is about as credible as the argument violent games make violent people.

It's down to the reader/listener/viewer/player to discern and seperate the fiction from the fantasy.


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How much you wanna bet there's gonna be another post-mortem 2pac album with unreleased songs and remixes! Anything to profit on his death! Especially since he's relevant again because his mom died!
 

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[QUOTE="Lebowski, post: 6511165]How much you wanna bet there's gonna be another post-mortem 2pac album with unreleased songs and remixes! Anything to profit on his death! Especially since he's relevant again because his mom died![/QUOTE]
Too true! His music made more money after his death than when he was alive.