A daughter of Malcolm X was found dead Monday at her home in Brooklyn, sources say.
Malikah Shabazz, 56, was spotted by her daughter inside the Midwood residence around 4:40 p.m., sources said.
Investigators do not suspect fraud, sources say. An autopsy will determine Shabazz’s cause of death.
“I’m deeply saddened by Malikah Shabazz’s death,” Bernice King, 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 charges of animal cruelty in Maryland.
Several injured dogs were found exposed to “inhuman conditions” inside a stolen U-Haul truck that the couple was driving.
Malcolm X made headlines last week after two of the deceased civil activist’s convicted murderers – Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam – were acquitted.
Aziz and Islam each spent about two decades in prison for the February 21, 1965 shooting of Malcolm X in the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights. Both were released on probation 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.
No physical evidence linked Aziz or Islam to the murder or the crime scene, and both had alibi backed by testimony.
Halim, who admitted to being one of the killers, stood up for Aziz and Islam and testified in the late 1970s that the men “had nothing to do with it.”
He identified four accomplices, members of the Nation of Islam from New Jersey – but no one else was ever arrested. Halim was released on probation in 2010.
Additional reporting by Kenneth Garger
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