MIDWOOD, Brooklyn – A daughter of Malcolm X has been found dead in a Brooklyn home, police say.
Malikah Shabazz was found dead in a Brooklyn home on Monday; officials received a 911 call from Shabazz’s daughter at around 5 p.m., police said.
Officials said they did not suspect the crime.
Malcolm X – the civil rights leader who was killed over 50 years ago – made headlines last week, when two of his convicted killers were cleared Thursday after decades of doubt as to who was responsible for the death of civil rights icon.
A Manhattan judge dismissed the convictions of Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, after prosecutors and lawyers for the men said a renewed investigation uncovered new evidence the men were not involved in the murder and determined that the authorities withheld some of what they knew.
“The event that brought us to court today should never have happened,” Aziz, 83, told the court.
He and Islam, who have maintained their innocence since the 1965 murder began at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom, were paroled in the 1980s. Islam died in 2009.
Malcolm X gained national notoriety as the voice of the Nation of Islam, urging black people to claim their civil rights “by any means necessary”. His autobiography, written with Alex Haley, remains a classic work of modern American literature.
Towards the end of Malcolm X’s life, he broke away from the Black Muslim organization and, after a trip to Mecca, began to talk about the potential for racial unity. This earned him the wrath of some members of the Nation of Islam, who viewed him as a traitor.
He was shot while starting a speech on February 21, 1965. He was 39 years old.
With contributions from Ayana Harry, Corey Crockett, Dan Mannarino, Hazel Sanchez, Jay Dow and Veronica Rosario.
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