Malika X Shabaz, daughter of Malcolm X, died at the age of 56


NEW YORK (AP) – One of the six daughters of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X has been found dead at his home in New York City, police said Tuesday. She was 56 years old.

Shabazz was found Monday at her home in Brooklyn, a police spokeswoman said. She said her death was of natural causes.

Malikah and her twin sister, Malaak, were the youngest daughters of Malcolm X, who was assassinated on February 21, 1965. His mother, Betty Shabazz, was pregnant with the twins when their father was killed.

The death of Malika Shahbaz comes just days after two of the three were acquitted of the charges of killing Malcolm X.

A Manhattan judge dismissed Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam’s convictions after prosecutors and men’s lawyers said the new investigation found new evidence to weaken the case against them.

‘Decades of Injustice’: Judge dismisses 2 men’s offenses in the murder of Malcolm X

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., posted on Twitter, “I am very saddened by the death of #MalikahShabazz. Dr. My heart goes out to his family, who are descendants of Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.

Malika Shabazz and her daughter Betty Shabazz were arrested in Maryland in 2017 on animal cruelty charges after authorities found several injured dogs in a stolen U-Haul truck they were driving.

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