• Brandon Colvin

No 'foul play' suspected in death of Malikah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X

The youngest daughter of civil rights icon Malcolm X, Malikah Shabazz, was found unresponsive in her New York City home on Monday afternoon.


According to reports, NYPD officers responded the Brooklyn residence after a call from Shabazz's daughter, Bettih Shabazz. The younger Shabazz found her mother lying face down and unconscious at about 4:40 PM. Law enforcement officials confirmed that Shabazz's passing does not appear to be suspicious. A forthcoming autopsy will determine her cause of death.


Malikah Shabazz, 56, and her twin sister, Malaak, are the youngest of Malcolm X's six children, however, the pair never had the opportunity to meet their famous father since he was assassinated before they were born.


Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., dedicated a message to Shabazz via Twitter and shared a childhood photograph of Malikah and Malaak in the arms of their mother, Dr. Betty Shabazz.


“I’m deeply saddened by the death of Malikah Shabazz," read King's message.


"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.”



Malcolm X's name has resurfaced in the news cycle in recent weeks after two of the three individuals convicted of his 1965 murder were exonerated by New York Supreme Court Judge Ellen Biben. Biben's ruling came on the heels of a two-year investigation by Manhattan's district attorney that ultimately found that Muhammad A. Aziz, 83, and the late Khalil Islam were "wrongfully convicted."



For years, Shabazz and her siblings have publicly questioned the government's official narrative surrounding their father's murder and the roles that government agencies and agents may have played in his assassination.

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