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Malikah Shabazz, a Daughter of Malcom X, Dead at 56

Malikah Shabazz, who along with her twin sister Malaak, was the youngest of six daughters of civil rights icon Malcolm X and his wife, Betty Shabazz, is dead at 56.

Her daughter found her body inside her residence in Midwood, Brooklyn at about 4:40 p.m. Monday.

New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea said no foul play is suspected, but an autopsy would determine the official cause of death.

“At this point in time, working with other authorities, the medical examiner, and speaking to the family, she had been ill for a period of time, and at this point, nothing appears suspicious,” Shea told PIX11.

The death comes just a week after two men were exonerated for their alleged roles in the 1965 assassination of her father.

Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., said was deeply saddened by the death of the daughter of her father's contemporary and sometimes critic.

“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,” she wrote on Twitter. "Be at peace, Malikah."

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