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Afeni Shakur, Mother of Hip-Hop Legend Tupac, Dead at 69

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It is sad to hear the news that Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur is dead. I know for us at AML, we had an account of how very generous and kind she was to many, including to one of the top entertainment lawyers in the country Dina LaPolt. May her soul rest in peace.

La Polt had the following to say about the news, “”Afeni was such a big part of my early professional life as a lawyer… I will miss her dearly.”

Find an excerpt of the news story below:

“Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of late rap legend Tupac Shakur who was the subject of one of his most iconic songs and who oversaw his posthumous legacy, has died. She was 69 years old.

Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she suffered a possible cardiac arrest, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning. She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.”

Full story on New York Daily Show.

Listen to La Polt’s Interview with AML where she shares Afeni’s influence on her career.

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AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa's rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. She has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts and handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia.

Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
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