Shonka Dukureh, the actress most known for her part in the film “Elvis,” was found dead. She was most known for playing Big Mama Thornton in the film and reprised the same role in Doja Cat’s “Vegas” music videos.

According to TMZ, Shonka was found dead on Thursday in a bedroom inside her Nashville apartment. Shonka’s young children found her and quickly alerted the neighbor, who dialed 911 at 9:30 a.m.

At this moment, officials believe there is no evidence of foul play in the actress’ death. It was noted, Investigators are waiting for autopsy findings before determining the cause of death.

No foul play is evident in today’s death of actress Shonka Dukureh, 44, who portrayed Big Mama Thornton in this year’s Elvis movie. Dukureh, a Fisk Univ graduate, was found dead in the bedroom of her Kothe Way apt that she shared with her 2 young children.

Shonka was a Fisk University graduate and shared her apartment with her 2 young children. This is a great loss for her young kids. She was only 44. May her soul rest in peace.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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