Elvis actor Shonka Dukureh passed away at 44 in her apartment; details inside

written by Ritika Nath | July 22, 2022

Shonka Dukureh, a musician and actor, passes unexpectedly at her Nashville apartment on Thursday, July 21. In June's release of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, the actress gained notoriety for her performance as Big Mama Thornton. She passed only one month after making her memorable movie debut.

She was discovered deceased, per the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, in the bedroom of the Kothe Way apartment she and her two young daughters shared.

After discovering Dukureh to be unconscious, one of the children fled to a neighbor's residence. “No foul play is suspected and an autopsy is yet to be carried out to establish the cause of death”, police added.

In a tweet to Dukureh's family, Nashville Mayor John Cooper expressed his sympathy and recalled that Dukureh had attended and graduated from Fisk University in the city that she had lived in for a considerable amount of time.

Recently, Doja Cat and the actor/singer performed together onstage at Coachella. She earned her degrees in education from Trevecca Nazarene and drama from Fisk University. Elvis was the first significant cinematic role that Shonka Dukureh had. As Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton, she portrayed the character.

Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharaohs, Nick Cave, Mike Farris, Pete Rock, Smoke Dza, and Bahamas are some notable musicians with whom Shonka has collaborated and performed during her career.

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