Malikah Shabazz, one of the youngest daughters of murdered African-American civil rights leader Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz, were found dead in his Brooklyn home, police said.
According to the New York Police Department (NYDP), Shabazz, 56, was found unconscious by her 23-year-old daughter on the floor of her living room in their Midwood apartment in Brooklyn on Monday, November 22. Police responded to a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. and emergency services were dispatched to the scene. Death appears to be due to natural causes.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said: “At this point, working with other authorities, the medical examiner and talking to the family, she had been ill for some time, and at this point nothing seems suspect after the first review. “
Bernice King, daughter of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr, tweeted condolences, saying: “I am deeply saddened by the death of #MalikahShabazz. My thoughts are with her family, the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X. Dr. Shabazz was pregnant with Malikah and her twin sister, Malaak, when Brother Malcolm was murdered. Be at peace, Malikah.
Shabazz was the youngest of Malcolm’s six daughters. She and her twin sister, Malaak, were born just after their father was murdered on February 21, 1965 at the age of 39. Betty Shabazz, their mother, was pregnant with the twins at the time of Malcolm’s murder.
Malcolm X was born as Malcolm Little, but changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam. He parted ways with the Nation and converted to traditional Sunni Islam in the 1960s and then made the Hajj, the compulsory Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Malcolm again changed his name to Malik el-Shabazz; however, he continues to be widely referred to as Malcolm X.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered his condolences, saying: “This family has been through hell time and time again, and there is a horrible injustice to someone who has finally done so much good for it. world.”
Shabazz’s death came just four days after two of the men who were wrongfully convicted of Malcolm X’s murder, were finally exonerated by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. The attorney apologized public to families in court.
He said: “I apologize for the serious and unacceptable violations of the law and of public trust.
I apologize on behalf of our country’s law enforcement agencies for this decades-long injustice that has eroded public confidence in institutions designed to ensure equal protection of the law.
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