Famous Singer and actress Shonka Dukureh was found dead at the age of 44 in her Nashville apartment Thursday, the Metro Nashville Police Department said.
She was found in the bedroom of the apartment. Her children found her dead body, police said. The actress recently starred as Big Mama Thornton in the movie “Elvis.”
One of Dukureh’s children found her unresponsive and went to a neighbor’s apartment for help, according to police. The neighbor called 911 at 9:27 a.m., police said.
Dukureh was found unresponsive on Thursday morning by one of her children, who went to a neighbor for help.
She graduated from Fisk University with a bachelor’s degree in theater. She also held a master’s degree in education from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Dukureh got her breakout role this year in “Elvis” as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, the iconic R&B singer-songwriter who was the first to record Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s “Hound Dog” in 1952.
Shonka Dukureh Cause Of Death
A cause of death is not yet known and will be determined by the medical examiner.
The performing artist played her first major film role as Big Mama Thornton, a task she did not take lightly.
“[Big Mama Thornton] was really raw with what she did and very honest and truthful and [made] music as she felt it. And I could totally relate to that,” noted Dukureh.
How Did Shonka Dukureh Die?
Her cause of death is unknown. Police investigate her death cause. She was found dead in her Nashville, Tenn. apartment on Thursday, police confirmed.
Her Cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Then we will publish her death cause.