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Malcolm X's daughter Malikah Shabazz found dead in New York home

Malcolm Xs daughter Malikah Shabazz found dead in New York home

Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of the late civil rights leader Malcolm X

New York: Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X, was found dead inside her Brooklyn home Monday evening, according to two senior police officials.

The 56-year-old Shabazz was found unconscious and unresponsive inside her home on East 28th Street in Midwood just before 4:30 p.m. She was later pronounced dead.

Her cause of death has not been established yet.

The officials told NBC News that the city's medical examiner responded to the scene and that the death did not appear to be suspicious.

Shabazz is one of six children parented by Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz.

Shabazz's death also comes just days after two men were exonerated in the 1965 assassination of civil rights icon Malcolm X, after a nearly two-year-long re-investigation.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance apologised for what he called "violations of the law and the public trust".

Last Thursday, applause broke out in the courtroom as New York State Supreme Court Justice Ellen Biben vacated the convictions against Muhammad Aziz, 83, and Khalil Islam, who died in 2009.

Both were released from prison on parole in the 1980s.

Mr Aziz told the court that his wrongful conviction had stemmed from "a process that was corrupt to its core, one that is all too familiar to Black people in 2021," and said he hoped the system would take "responsibility for the immeasurable harm it caused me."

Two of Mr Islam's sons who were also present in court, Ameen and Shahid Johnson, told reporters outside the courthouse that they felt "bittersweet" about the exoneration because it could not replace everything their family had lost.

Malcolm X was assassinated in New YorkCity in 1965 at age 39. Betty Shabazz died in June 1997 at age 63, about three weeks after suffering severe burns in a fire started by her 12-year-old grandson, who later received a juvenile detention sentence.

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