(SL) – One of his biggest hits ‘ Dear Mama’ was written for her and now the woman that legendary rap icon, poet and actor Tupac Shakur called his queen is dead. According to the Marin county Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call reporting “a possible cardiac arrest” at her Sausalito home around 9:34 p.m. Monday..
Shakur Davis was taken to the hospital where she died at 10:28 p.m. Afeni was in the middle of a bitter divorce with her estranged husband who allegedly wanted stake in Tupac’s estate which has been operated by Afeni since he was murdered in 1996.
In a tweet the office stated, “Sheriff’s Coroners Office will lead an investigation to determine the exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur’s death.”
Though she is best known as Tupac Shakur’s mom, she was also a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist in her later years. Her drug use and addiction to cocaine is no secret. Tupac rapped about it often and she even spoke candidly about falling from grace and rising from the ashes of her own hell.
These lyrics from ‘Dear Mama’ sum it up: In it, he rapped “And even as a crack fiend, mama, you always was a black queen, mama/I finally understand, for a woman it ain’t easy trying to raise a man/You always was committed, a poor single mother on welfare, tell me how you did it/There’s no way I can pay you back, but the plan is to show you that I understand.”
As a matter of fact, she had only been clean for 5 years when Tupac was gunned down in Las Vegas. She resisted the urges to delve back into her old bad habits and founded Amaru Entertainment to keep her son’s music alive.
She often pushed the Arts movement for children, crediting the world of creativity as the outlet that kept her son on track.
In one of her many interviews, she said, “Arts can save children, no matter what’s going on in their homes,” she said. “I wasn’t available to do the right things for my son. If not for the arts, my child would’ve been lost.”
She provided the majority of the money to begin the $4 million first phase of the arts center, while her Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation hosted poetry and theater camps for youngsters in the Atlanta area.
“I learned that I can’t save the world, but I can help a child at a time,” she said, pointing out that her new life of philanthropy wouldn’t have been possible without the influence of her legendary son. “God created a miracle with his spirit. I’m all right with that.”
Shakur Davis is survived by daughter Sekyiwa Shakur.