Malikah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, dies at 56

Malikah Shabazz was one of five daughters of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of cultural and civil rights icon Malcolm X, was found dead inside her Brooklyn home on Monday.

Authorities said they found Shabazz, 56, unconscious and unresponsive inside her home on East 28th Street in the Mid- wood section of the borough just before 4:30 p.m.

Medical officials pronounced her dead a short time later. Officials were not expecting foul play.

One of five daughters to the late Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, Malikah shares a twin sister named Maalka. The twins are the youngest of the Shabazz children. Dr. Shabazz died in 1997.

The news comes only days after investigators and a New York judge cleared the men convicted in the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ball-room in Manhattan.

Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam were both exonerated after serving decades in prison for the fatal shooting of Malcolm X. 

The state granted Aziz parole in 1983, and authorities released Islam in 1987. He later died in 2009.

Mujahid Abdul Halim, who police arrested along with Aziz and Islam, confessed to the shooting, and in 2010, Halim was paroled.

“I’m deeply saddened by the death of Malikah Shabazz,” Bernice King, the daughter of the late civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote 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. Be at peace, Malikah.”

In a conversation in New York last month with the Black Press of America, Ilyasah Shabazz, the third daughter in the family, remarked about the closeness of her family.

“We talk and get together as much as we can,” Ilyasah Shabazz said.

“We are close, and we love each other. We always look forward to our Zoom get-togethers, and we love it when we can get together in person.”

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