NEW YORK (AP) – Malikah Shabazz, one of six daughters of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, has died at her New York home, police said Tuesday.
Shabazz’s body was found at his home in the New York borough of Brooklyn, a police spokesman said. He apparently died of natural causes, he added.
Malikah and her twin sister Malaak were the youngest daughters of Malcolm X, murdered on February 21, 1965. Their mother, Betty Shabazz, was pregnant with the twins when their father was murdered.
Shabazz and her daughter Bettih Shabazz were arrested in Maryland on charges of cruelty to animals after authorities found several injured dogs in a truck rented by them.
Two days ago, two of the three men convicted of Malcolm X’s death were exonerated.
A Manhattan judge overturned the convictions of Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam as new evidence emerged that undermined the accusation against them.
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by the death of #MalikahShabazz. My feelings go out to his family, the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.”