The mother of late American rapper Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur Davis, has passed on.
She is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in California and later joined her son in eternal glory at a local hospital in Sausalito.
Born in North Carolina, Afeni was the CEO of Amaru Entertainment, Inc. – a record and film production company she founded in Atlanta.
Jada Pinkett Smith, who is a close friend of the Shakur family, has paid tribute to Tupac Shakur’s mother following the news of her sudden death as a result of cardiac arrest. Jada took to Facebook in remembrance of her friend as she wrote:
”Today I woke up to the news that Afeni had passed.
Then I remembered that I was in NY to attend a Mother’s Day event named after a song written about Afeni, Dear Mama.
My heart tightened and then all kinds of memories flooded in. I quickly remembered how calm Afeni was especially during any crisis. She always had a way of making me believe all would be well.”
Jada reminisced about her fondest memories of Afeni, which was spending time with her at Jasmine Guy’s house as Jasmine was writing Afeni’s book. She lamented:
“Tupac had passed, and now I was a business woman, wife, and a mother and we could talk real and I mean really real. I got to see where Pac got his passion, his ideals for equality and justice but most of all his depth of thinking.
“Afeni was a giant in her own right. Today she is reunited with her son and Sekyiwa has two majestic angels to look after her. One for each shoulder. Rest in peace Afeni, and give Pac a hug and a kiss from me. Jada (sic).”
At the age of 25, Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot on September 7, 1996 in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. He later died from his injuries some six days after the shooting while his shooter was never caught.
In his 1995 hit ‘Dear Mama’ Tupac wrote about his beloved mother. After his death, Afeni founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and helped create Broadway musical ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ in 2014 – which featured his music.
The late rapper’s mother dedicated 20 years of her life to raising money in the memory of her late son Tupac. Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched by the Sheriff’s Coroners’ Office to look into her actual cause of death.