Daughter of Malcolm X found dead at 56 in her New York apartment
The daughter of slain Muslim and African American civil rights activist Malcolm X, was found dead Monday at her New York City home, police said.
Malikah Shabazz, 56, was one of six daughters of Malcolm X, who was assassinated in 1965.
She was found unresponsive in her home in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon, and the death is not deemed suspicious, a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department said.
Police responded shortly after 4:30 p.m., and emergency services were already at the scene. Shabazz's daughter had called 911, police said.
Malcolm X was gunned down as he began a speech in New York City’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965.
One of the most controversial and compelling figures in the US civil rights era, Malcolm X rose to fame as the Nation of Islam’s chief spokesperson.
Last week, two men convicted of killing him were exonerated, with prosecutors now saying authorities withheld evidence in the civil rights leader’s killing.
The New York Times reported last week that Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, who spent decades in prison for the crime, were being exonerated after a nearly two-year investigation by their lawyers and the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
According to The New York Times, the re-investigation found the FBI had documents that pointed to other suspects, and a still-living witness supported the alibi that Aziz has offered since his trial – that he was at home with a leg injury at the time of the shooting.
Attorneys for Aziz and the family of Islam told the Associated Press that the investigation showed that police and the FBI had hidden evidence about their lack of involvement in Malcolm X's murder as part of a plot to disrupt the Black civil rights movement.
Aziz was released in 1985. He is now 83 years old. Islam was released two years later and died in 2009.