03/05/2016 15:49 BST | Updated 03/05/2016 16:11 BST

Afeni Shakur, Mother Of Tupac, Dies Aged 69

Afeni Shakur, mother of the late rap star Tupac Shakur, has died. She was 69-years-old.

The Marin County, California, Sheriff's Department confirmed her death on Twitter. No further details were provided, the Associated Press reports.

Born Alice Faye Williams, Shakur changed her name as an adult when she became a political activist and joined the Black Panther movement.

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Afeni Shakur was a political activist and a member of the Black Panther movement 

She was pregnant with Tupac in 1971 and incarcerated while she and other Panthers faced conspiracy charges that were later dismissed.

Shakur was an inspiration for her son's music and oversaw his music catalog and legacy after his death.

Tupac Shakur died in 1996 at age 25, the victim of a drive-by shooting. The murder remains unsolved.

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Rapper Tupac Shakur died in 1996