Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, was found dead in her Brooklyn apartment Monday, the NYPD confirmed.
Shabazz was found by her daughter and at this point, her death is not considered suspicious, police say.
Shabazz, 56, was found unresponsive in her home in Midwood on Monday afternoon, and the death is not deemed suspicious, an NYPD spokesperson said. Police responded shortly after 4:30 p.m., and emergency services were already at the scene. Shabazz’s daughter had called 911, police said.
Shabazz was one of the twins who was born to Betty Shabazz after Malcolm X was killed, Bernice King tweeted late Monday. King is the youngest child of slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Their mother was pregnant with them when Malcolm X was fatally shot at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City, where hundreds had gathered to hear him speak, on Feb. 21, 1965.
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted her condolences, saying she was deeply saddened. “My heart goes out to her family, the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X,” she wrote in part.