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Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of legendary civil rights activist Malcom X passed away yesterday. Her body was discovered in her New York City home, in Brooklyn. A spokesperson for the New York City Police said that it appeared that she died from natural causes. Shabazz’s death comes just days after two of the three men convicted of killing Malcolm X were exonerated.


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Shabazz has a twin sister by the name of Malaak Shabazz. They are the youngest of Malcom X’s six children. MLK Jr.’s daughter, Bernice King, expressed her condolences for the familes of Malcolm X’s and Betty Shabazz via Twitter. She posted, “I’m deeply saddened by the death of Malikah Shabazz. 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. Be at peace, Malikah.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Betty Shabazz and her family.