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., the police officials told NBC New York. She was later pronounced dead.
The city’s medical examiner responded to the scene, and said the incident was not deemed suspicious. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Investigators do not suspect foul play, sources said. An autopsy will determine Shabazz’s cause of death.
“I’m deeply saddened by the death of Malikah Shabazz,” Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., said in a post on Twitter.
“My heart goes out to her family, the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X. Dr. Shabazz was pregnant with Malikah and her twin sister, Malaak, when Brother Malcolm was assassinated.”
Malikah Shabazz and her twin sister Malaak are the youngest of six daughters of Malcolm X.
She and her daughter, Bettih Shabazz, were arrested in January 2017 on animal cruelty charges in Maryland.
Several injured dogs were found subjected to “inhumane conditions” inside a stolen U-Haul truck the pair were driving.
Malcolm X made headlines last week after two of the late civil activist’s convicted killers — Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam — were exonerated.
Aziz and Islam each spent some two decades in jail for the Feb. 21, 1965 shooting of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights. Both were paroled in the 1980s.
The duo and a third man, Mujahid Abdul Halim, were found guilty of the murder in March 1966 and sentenced to life in prison a month later.