The Shabazz family is once again facing the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one. Malikah Shabazz, the youngest daughter of civil rights icon Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, was found unconscious and unresponsive in her Brooklyn, N.Y. home on Monday (Nov. 23) afternoon by her daughter. Police officials later pronounced her dead. She was 56.
While the city’s medical examiner preliminary assessment does not suggest foul play was at hand, an actual cause of death has yet to be determined, according to CBSNewYork.
Shabazz never met her famous father. She and her twin sister, Malaak are the youngest of the daughters and were born seven months after his assassination in February 1965. Three men, who were members of the National of Islam, were convicted of plotting Malcolm X's killing. Shabazz's death comes 55 years later and after a two year investigation in which two men pinned with her father's assassination, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson were exonerated in connection to the shooting. Another man, Talmadge Hayer, admitted to his role but said in a 1977 affidavit the other two were not involved. He was released from prison in 2010.
Shabazz had her own run-ins with police over the years and had fought with her sisters in the past over the estate of their mother, Betty Shabazz, who died in 1997. But she joined also joined her family in raising questions about the official narrative of her father's killing, and earlier this year demanded a reopening of the investigation, according to Reuters. No comment or official word has been made by the family.