2Pac‘s stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, has reportedly passed away after a long battle with a rare and incurable form of blood cancer.
The news of his passing was shared on Twitter by activist Kamau Franklin on Friday (July 7) who revealed he died on Thursday night (July 6). He was 72 years old.
“Mutulu Shakur passed away last night,” Franklin wrote. “New Afrikan movement veteran, member of the Black Liberation Army, stepfather of Tupac Shakur. He spent 36 years behind bars as a political prisoner/prisoner of war. Rise in Power. Free Em All.”
Following Mutulu Shakur’s death, dream hampton, a veteran Hip Hop journalist and author known for covering 2Pac’s life and career, also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Shakur.
“Rest in power to Dr Mutulu Shakur, who when his comrade was captured by the state, went inside, and liberated her,” she said. “Those of us who knew Mutulu, know never lost that audacious spirit.”
Mutulu Shakur was first diagnosed with blood cancer in July 2022 while he was serving his incarceration.
Doctors gave Mutulu, who was 71 years old at the time, up to six months to live. Activists were fighting for the release of the American activist and former member of the Black Liberation Army from prison so he could have the opportunity to say goodbye to his family.
“His health situation is extremely dire right now,” Shakur’s attorney Brad Thomson told NBC News. “He’s very much on an end-of-life trajectory. We’re looking at a matter of months at the most but, realistically, it could be a matter of days or weeks.”ChatGPT
He continued: “At this point, the issue is getting him released so he can say goodbye to his loved ones, his family, his children, and grandchildren. To be surrounded by loved ones, so he can die in peace and comfort outside of prison.”
Mutulu Shakur was finally granted parole in December 2022 after eleven requests for his release from prison.
In 1981, Mutulu Shakur was convicted of racketeering conspiracy charges related to the robbery of a Brink’s armored truck. The incident resulted in the tragic deaths of a guard and two police officers. Shakur took responsibility for his involvement and expressed remorse for his actions. Additionally, he faced another conviction for assisting his sister, Assata Shakur, who is 2Pac’s godmother and an activist, in her escape from prison in 1979.
Mutulu Shakur’s incarceration fell under the jurisdiction of the “old law,” a set of federal sentencing guidelines that were applicable to crimes committed before 1987. As a result, his parole decisions have been overseen by a U.S. Parole Commission that was originally intended to be phased out many years ago.
In 2020, Mutulu Shakur’s request for compassionate release was denied by a judge who toldedShakur that he could reapply when he reached a stage of approaching death. That same judge, who is currently 90 years old, was the one who sentenced him over 30 years ago.
HipHopX sends its condolences to Mutulu Shakur’s friends and family.