Malcolm X’s Daughter Malikah Shabazz Found Dead in Brooklyn, Officials Say

Malikah Shabazz, a daughter of slain Black civil rights activist Malcom X, was found dead at her Brooklyn home on Nov. 22, the New York Police Department said.

Shabazz, 56, was found unconscious by her daughter in her Midwood living room on East 28th Street just before 5 p.m. local time.

The city’s chief medical examiner’s office said that the incident appears to be non-suspicious and the cause of death has yet to be determined.

The “cause of death is pending the final results of additional testing, but the death does not appear to be suspicious following initial review,” Julie Bolcer, a spokesperson for the chief medical examiner’s office, said.

Bernice King, the daughter of late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., said on Twitter that she was “deeply saddened” by Shabazz’s death.

“My heart goes out to her family, the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X… Be at peace, Malikah,” King said.

Shabazz’s death came just days after a Manhattan judge exonerated Muhammed Aziz and Khalil Islam, the two men convicted of killing Malcolm X, after two years of re-investigation.

Shabazz and her twin sister Malaak were the youngest of Malcolm X’s six daughters with his wife, Dr. Betty Shabazz.

Betty was pregnant with the twins when Malcolm X was fatally shot at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 21, 1965.


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