Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur, has died in Sausalito, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. She was 69.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of possible cardiac arrest at Davis’ home around 9:30 p.m. on Monday night. She was transferred to a local hospital, where she died around 10:28 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Coroners Office will investigate the exact cause and manner of Davis’ death, the Sheriff’s Office said.
She was the subject of Tupac’s iconic 1995 hit “Dear Mama.”
Davis founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, and later helped create Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me in 2014, which featured the rapper’s music. She also served as the CEO of Amaru Entertainment, Inc., a record and film production company she founded in Atlanta.
In her youth, Davis – who was born in North Carolina – was an activist and Black Panther.