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Elvis star Shonka Dukureh found dead by one of her children in her apartment

Elvis actor Shonka Dukureh was tragically found dead by one of her children in her apartment in Nashville. Shonka, who played Big Mama Thornton in…

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Elvis actor Shonka Dukureh was tragically found dead by one of her children in her apartment in Nashville.

Shonka, who played Big Mama Thornton in the new Baz Luhrman Elvis biopic, has died at the age of 44, TMZ reports.

Shonka Dukureh dead at age 44

The publication reported the actor was found dead by one of her children, in her bedroom. Her child then alerted their neighbour who called 911 at around 9.30am on July 21.

No cause of death has been reported by police, as investigators will be awaiting autopsy reports before determining a cause of death but they do say there is no suspected ‘foul play’ concerning her death.

Her death was confirmed by the Nashville Metropolitan police department, via social media, they also shared Shonka was a Fisk University graduate.

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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

Nashville mayor, John Cooper, was among those to pay his condolences to her family, calling it a ‘sad day’ and recognised Shonka’s talent.

My deepest condolences to the family of Shonka Dukureh. Shonka graduated from @Fisk1866 and called Nashville home for many years. Her powerful voice and artistry will live on through her music, and we honor her memory on this sad day. https://t.co/0rjZ0lLWCg— Mayor John Cooper (@JohnCooper4Nash) July 21, 2022

Shonka Dukureh children

Shonka is survived by her two children, a son and a daughter, who she lived with in her Nashville apartment. Shonka kept the lives of her children relatively private, only occasionally sharing images or brief videos of them on her social media accounts.

A recent video she posted with her daughter is her talking about the recently released Elvis movie where the young girl says she’s going to watch the movie her mother starred in. There’s a tender moment where the little girl sings ‘you ain’t nothing but a hound dog’ while sitting with her mum.

Besides the one video, Shonka kept her personal life private.

During her career, Shonka not only starred in the Elvis movie but also appeared onstage with Doja Cat at Coachella this year to collaborate on the song ‘Vegas’ for the Elvis soundtrack.
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