Actor and singer of Elvis Shonka Dukureh’s cause of death revealed
“Elvis” actress Shonka Dukureh, who was found dead in her Nashville, Tennessee home last month, died of natural causes, according to the local medical examiner’s office.
A spokesperson for the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office said the official cause of death was “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”
Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, occurs when the force of the blood against the walls of the arteries is too high. Atherosclerosis is the thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque, made up of fatty substances and cholesterol, in the inner lining of the arteries, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Dukureh, a blues singer, died nearly a month after the release of the biopic ‘Elvis’, her first major film role, in June. She played Big Mama Thornton and her voice is on the film version of the song “Hound Dog”.
Dukureh was found dead in the Kothe Way apartment she shared with her two young children on July 21 and no foul play was suspected in her death, the Metro Nashville Police Department said at the time. . She was 44 years old.
One of her children found her unconscious in the bedroom and ran to a neighbor’s apartment for help, police said.
Dukureh was originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and lived in Nashville. She studied acting at Fisk University and earned a master’s degree in education from Trevecca Nazarene University, according to her. website.
“Elvis” director Baz Luhrmann paid tribute to Dukureh on instagram following news of his death, saying, “A special light went out today and the entire Elvis movie family is heartbroken at the loss of Shonka Dukureh.”
“Whenever she was on set, on stage, or even just in the room, everyone always felt uplifted. Shonka was just beginning to find a wider audience for her immense talent, and I got to see her elevate whole crowds of people at Coachella and beyond,” Luhrmann continued. “Along with the entire cast, crew and musical collaborators of Elvis, I feel truly blessed to have spent time with her.”
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