Shabazz was found at her home in Brooklyn on Monday, a New York City Police spokesperson said, adding that her death appeared to be from natural causes.
PTI | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Malikah Shabazz, one of six daughters of murdered civil rights leader Malcolm X, was found dead at her New York home, police said on Tuesday. She was 56 years old.
Shabazz was found at her home in Brooklyn on Monday, a police spokesperson said. His death appears to be due to natural causes, he said.
Malikah and his twin sister, Malaak, were the youngest daughters of Malcolm X, who was murdered on February 21, 1965. Their mother, Betty Shabazz, was pregnant with the twins when their father was killed.
Shabazz and her daughter, Bettih Shabazz, were arrested in Maryland in 2017 on animal cruelty charges after authorities said several injured dogs were found inside a stolen U-Haul truck they were driving .
Malikah Shabazz’s death comes days after two of the three men who had been convicted of Malcolm X’s murder were exonerated.
A Manhattan judge dismissed the convictions of Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam after prosecutors and lawyers for the men said a new investigation revealed new evidence that undermined the case against them.
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., said on Twitter: “I am deeply saddened by the death of #MalikahShabazz. My thoughts are with his family, the descendants of Dr Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.