November 28, 2021, 19:22

    Malcolm X’s daughter found dead just days after pair exonerated for his murder

    Malcolm X’s daughter found dead just days after pair exonerated for his murder

    The daughter of Malcolm X has been found dead just days after two men were exonerated for his murder after spending decades in prison.

    The body of Malikah Shabazz, 56, was discovered inside her Brooklyn, New York home on Monday afternoon, said police.

    Her daughter made the tragic discovery, NYPD added.

    The death does not appear suspicious, local media reported.

    Police officials told NBC New York that Ms Shabazz was found unconscious and unresponsive just before 4.30pm local time.

    A coroner carried out an investigation at the scene and said the incident was not deemed suspicious, the report added.

    Her cause of death has not yet been established.

    Black civil rights leader Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965

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    Ms Shabazz's death comes days after two men were exonerated in the 1965 assassination of the Black civil rights leader.

    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.

    Investigators withheld from both defense and prosecution "dozens and dozens" of documents from the New York Police Department and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, including reports that implicated other suspects, according to Mr Vance.

    The conviction of a third man for murdering Malcolm X still stands.

    Malcolm X rose to prominence as the national spokesman of the Nation of Islam, an African-American Muslim group that espoused Black separatism.

    He spent over a decade with the group before becoming disillusioned, publicly breaking with it in 1964 and moderating some of his earlier views on racial separation.

    He was shot dead at New York City's Audubon Ballroom while preparing to deliver a speech. All three of the men convicted were members of the Nation of Islam.

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