Malikah Shabazz, daughter of the late African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X, has been found dead. Her body was discovered in her Brooklyn, New York, home Monday. Police told ABC News that Shabazz, 56, was found by her daughter just before 5 p.m. ET,
The death does not appear suspicious according to WABC-TV. Less than a week after the 2 men convicted for her father’s assassination were exonerated, this incident took place according to reports. An autopsy will determine Shabazz’s cause of death.
Shabazz was one of Malcolm X’s six kids with wife Betty Shabazz. Shabazz, 56, was the youngest of the six. Malcolm X was just 39 when he was assassinated in NYC in 1965.
Shabazz and her daughter, Bettih Shabazz, were arrested in January 2017 on animal cruelty charges in Maryland. Several injured dogs were found subjected to “inhumane conditions” inside a stolen U-Haul truck the pair were driving.
The timing seems quite eerie considering just last week 83-year-old Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam, who died in 2009, were exonerated after a several-decades long investigation. “I’m deeply saddened by the death of Malikah Shabazz,” Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., said in a post on Twitter. She continued, “My heart goes out to 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 assassinated.”
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