Malikah Shabazz, one of the daughters of civil rights activist Malcolm X, was found lifeless on Monday evening in her Brooklyn home in New York, says two senior police officials.
It was gathered that at about 4:30 p.m., 56-year-old Shabazz was found unconscious and unresponsive inside her home on East 28th Street in Midwood.
Shabazz was later pronounced dead.
According to reports the city’s medical examiner who responded to the scene said the incident was not deemed suspicious.
However, what led to her death A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Shabazz, one of the twins and one of six siblings, was born after their father was slain.
Her death comes less than a week after two of Malcolm X’s convicted killers were exonerated following decades of doubt about who was responsible for the civil rights icon’s death.
In reaction to Shabazz’s sudden death, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, wrote: “I’m deeply saddened by the death of #MalikahShabazz. My heart goes out to her family, the descendants of Dr Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.”
Malikah is one of the six children of Malcolm X and his wife, Betty Shabazz. Before her death, Malikah had several run-ins with the law enforcement on charges of larceny, forgery, property and identity theft.
Malcolm X was an African American leader in the civil rights movement, minister and supporter of Black nationalism. He encouraged his fellow Black Americans to defend themselves against white assault “by any means necessary”.