The muse behind Tupac Shakur’s 1995 classic hit, “Dear Mama” has died at age 69. Afeni Shakur Davis passed away on Monday night at her Sausalito, CA home. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department says the mother of the late rapper died due to possible cardiac arrest.

An investigation into her death is ongoing. Her passing comes just four months shy of Tupac’s 20th death anniversary which happened on September 13, 1996.

Born Alice Faye Williams in 1947, she became a member of the Black Panthers in her early twenties eventually serving prison time while pregnant with her world renowned rap legend son, Tupac.

She was released and acquitted just before his birth in 1971.

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Following his tragic shooting death in 1996, Afeni made it a priority to keep his legacy alive.

She founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation which led to a number of philanthropic accomplishments for youth.

As a manager of his estate, Afeni co-produced the 2014 Broadway musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me”. The biopic, “All Eyez on Me” following the highs and lows of the 25-year-old’s rise to fame will be released this November. Afeni is credited as the film’s executive producer.

We appreciate your life and legacy, Afeni. Rest in paradise with your son.

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