Actress Shonka Dukureh, who recently played Big Mama Thorton in “Elvis”, was found dead on Thursday in her apartment.
The 44-year old actress was reportedly found in her bedroom at her apartment located in Nashville. The Metro Nashville Police Department announced there was no “foul play.”
“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,” the department said.
As Fox News reported: “Dukureh, a Fisk University graduate and Nashville singer, shared the apartment with her two young children, police said. One of the children found her unresponsive and went to the apartment of a neighbor, who called 911 shortly before 9:30 a.m., police said.”
“The “Elvis” actress had a theater degree from Fisk and graduated from Trevecca Nazarene with an education degree, WPLN-FM reported,” the outlet continued.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper responded to the tragic news by tweeting: “”My deepest condolences to the family of Shonka Dukureh. Shonka graduated from @Fisk1866 and called Nashville home for many years.”