Malikah Shabazz, one of six daughters of the late Malcolm X, was found deceased in her Brooklyn, NY, home on Monday evening.
Malikah Shabazz dies: What’s the cause of death?
According to Complex, the 56-year-old’s lifeless body was discovered at approximately 21:40 (16:40 EST), inside her Midwood home on East 28th Street.
Details around the cause of her death are still murky, as New York authorities could only confirm that more will be unveiled once an autopsy has been done.
However, detectives did indicate that, based on preliminary findings, no foul play is suspected.
The death of Shabaaz comes shortly after two men, Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, were exonerated in the death of her father. Crucial evidence withheld by the FBI and the NYPD for 55 years resurfaced after Malcolm X’s daughters pushed for the investigation into the assassination to be reopened.
Here are some of the tributes to Shabazz we sourced from social media:
Rip Malikah Shabazz daughter of one of the most powerful civil rights leaders & a hero of mine Malcolm X. Every week it’s someone else, shit is really dark out there.— ForneverWorld (@ForneverWorld) November 23, 2021
I’m deeply saddened by the death of #MalikahShabazz. My heart goes out to her family, the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) November 23, 2021
Dr. Shabazz was pregnant with Malikah and her twin sister, Malaak, when Brother Malcolm was assassinated.
Be at peace, Malikah. pic.twitter.com/YOlYoW4xDC
Malikah Shabazz, the youngest daughter of Malcolm X, has been found dead in her home. She was one of the unborn twins that Betty Shabazz was carrying when Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965. My condolences to the Shabazz family. RIP #MalikahShabazz https://t.co/LD8GwKWPXx pic.twitter.com/iLYUwV0oEZ— Amro Ali (@_amroali) November 23, 2021
What we know about Shabazz
Shabazz was one half of a set of twins birthed by revolutionary human rights activist Malcolm X and his wife Betty. She and sister Malaak are the youngest siblings in a pack of six, which includes Qubilah, Attallah, Gamilah Lumumba and Ilyasah Shabazz.
Malikah and Malaak were still in their mother’s womb when Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965. No formal career history was found on Malikah, except for a 2017 venture she was a part of with her sisters, where they launched an online merchandise store in memory of their father.