Afeni Shakur Death NOT “Suspicious,” Despite Report

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Afeni Shakur Death

By Shari Weiss |

Afeni Shakur Death

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Afeni Shakur’s death is not “suspicious,” despite a shameful new report that tries to exploit the passing of Tupac Shakur’s mother. Gossip Cop can expose the sensationalism and set the record straight.

The late rapper’s mom, 69, died on Monday night after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest. Officials believe she likely had a heart attack, though the exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy. Authorities have said foul play is not suspected.

But then you have MediaTakeOut declaring in a headline on Tuesday, “SAD NEWS: Tupac’s Mother Afeni Shakur Passed Away… Nearly 20 Years After Her SON!! (The DETAILS… Sound A Little SUSPICIOS) [sic]” Why is Afeni’s death “suspicious”? Despite the sensational headline, the site never actually says why.

It merely repeats information about her passing, regurgitates details on Tupac’s unsolved murder, and notes that Afeni “was in the midst of a very BITTER divorce.” The webloid seems to be trying to imply there’s a connection between Afeni’s death and her ex-husband, or a link to Tupac’s own death. But heart attacks are typically brought on by natural causes, not “suspicious” behavior by a third party.

Here’s what’s really going on here: MediaFakeOut put “suspicious” in its headline so readers would click the story. The insensitive outlet did the same thing last week, claiming in a headline that Prince’s body was cremated under “suspicious circumstances.” Of course, as Gossip Cop pointed out, there was nothing “suspicious” about it.

It’s tragic enough when people die. But when bottom-feeding outlets like MediaTakeOut try to capitalize on it by twisting information, it’s just gross.


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