No evidence of foul play has been found so far in the death of Malcolm X’s daughter Malikah Shabazz, New York City’s police commissioner stated Tuesday (Nov. 23), as the city’s medical examiner continued to investigate the cause of her death.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said police investigators learned that Shabazz had an undisclosed long-term illness from “other authorities, the medical examiner’s office and talking to the family,” according to The New York Daily News, adding that “nothing appears suspicious.”
The 56-year-old daughter of the slain iconic civil rights leader was found dead Monday (Nov. 22) by her daughter, Bettih-Bahiyah Shabazz, 23, at their home in Brooklyn.
“We are investigating and the cause of death is pending the final results of additional testing, but the death does not appear to be suspicious following initial review,” a statement from the medical examiner’s office said, according to the Daily News.
Shabazz never met her famous father. She and her twin sister, Malaak, are Malcolm X’s youngest daughters and were born seven months after his assassination in February 1965.
Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., offered her condolences on Twitter.
“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. Dr. Shabazz was pregnant with Malikah and her twin sister, Malaak, when Brother Malcolm was assassinated. Be at peace, Malikah,” the message said.
Shabbazz’s death came days after a judge exonerated two men, Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, who were wrongly convicted of assassinating her father.