Her body was discovered in the bedroom of her Kothe Way apartment, where she lived with her two young children, according to the Nashville Metropolitan Police Force.
As soon as one of the kids discovered Dukureh unresponsive, he dashed to a neighbor’s apartment for assistance. After that, the neighbor dialed 911.
The medical examiner’s office in Davidson County, Tennessee, has yet to release a manner of death, but authorities don’t suspect foul play.
“My heartfelt sympathies to Shonka Dukureh’s family. Mayor John Cooper of Nashville tweeted a statement about Shonka, who graduated from Fisk University and has lived in Nashville for a long time.
On this sad day, we remember her strong voice and artistry, which will live on through her music.
In the biopic about Elvis Presley’s mother, Big Mama Thornton, Dukureh played the role of Austin Butler’s co-star.
BREAKING: No foul play is evident in today’s death of actress Shonka Dukureh, 44, who portrayed Big Mama Thornton in this year’s Elvis movie. Dukureh, a Fisk Univ graduate, was found dead in the bedroom of her Kothe Way apt that she shared with her 2 young children.
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) July 21, 2022
This year at Coachella, she appeared onstage with Doja Cat to perform their song “Vegas” together for the Elvis soundtrack.
Earlier this year, Dukureh spoke with Shadow and Act about her time on the Elvis biopic.
This has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to doing it again,” she said. “It was all a dream,” I said to myself. My dream didn’t even exist until I got there and experienced it all for myself. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a life-altering experience.”
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The singer’s fans have paid their respects to him.
One person wrote, “Shonka Dukureh passing away is so heartbreaking.” Aside from her beautiful voice, she was also a mother to two young children.” “Lord, please protect and heal her children and loved ones.”
An additional commenter noted: “Shonka Dukureh had a bright future ahead of her man.” “This is so depressing,” he said.
An incredible talent was taken away from us far too soon, “Rest in Peace Shonka,” wrote Doja Cat.
Thank you so much for lending your voice to ‘Vegas’.
She will be remembered for her performance in Elvis, as well as her other work. Please accept my sincere condolences to her family. If you read more latest updates so you can visit our website TheActivenews.Com.