Elvis star Shonka Dukureh passes away at the age of 44

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Elvis star Shonka Dukureh, 44, is discovered useless by considered one of her youngsters at her Nashville residence: Musician was in the midst of recording her first studio album titled ‘The Woman Sings the Blues’

  • The mom of two was discovered useless at her dwelling which she shared together with her youngsters
  • A blues singer, Dukureh performed Large Mama Thornton in Baz Kurhmann’s not too long ago launched biopic starring Austin Butler because the King
  • She additionally appeared in Doja Cat’s Vegas music video from the movie’s soundtrack 
  • One in all her youngsters discovered her unresponsive on Thursday and ran to a neighbor’s dwelling to get assist
  • Neighbor known as 911 at 9:27 a.m., police say, and there’s no suspicion of foul play
  • Investigators are awaiting the outcomes of an post-mortem earlier than they will decide a reason behind loss of life

Shonka Dukureh, who had a starring position within the not too long ago launched Baz Luhrmann biopic Elvis, has died at age 44.

The blues singer was discovered unresponsive by considered one of her youngsters at their Nashville residence on Thursday, based on native regulation enforcement.

Metro Nashville Police Division stated there isn’t a suspicion of foul play and a reason behind loss of life is pending the outcomes of an post-mortem.

Dukureh shared her residence together with her two children and a neighbor, alerted by the kid who discovered, known as 911 at 9:27 a.m. Thursday. 

Gone too quickly: Shonka Dukureh, who had a starring position as Large Mama Thornton within the not too long ago launched Baz Luhrmann biopic Elvis, died Thursday at age 44

Enjoying Large Mama Thornton was the  North Carolina native’s first massive film position.

She additionally performed the character within the music video for Doja Cat’s Vegas from the film’s soundtrack.

Thornton was the primary to document Leiber and Stoller’s Hound Canine and the only was launched in February 1953.

Three years later, Elvis Presley launched a canopy model which grew to become a worldwide hit.

Talking in regards to the position, Dukureh informed The Tennessean that she might relate to Thornton who ‘was actually uncooked with what she did and really sincere and truthful and [made] music as she felt it. And I might completely relate to that.’

Sudden: The blues singer and mother of two was found dead by one of her children in the apartment they shared. Police say there is no suspicion of foul play and an autopsy is pending

Sudden: The blues singer and mom of two was discovered useless by considered one of her youngsters within the residence they shared. Police say there isn’t a suspicion of foul play and an post-mortem is pending

She went on: ‘I used to be very conscious and wanting to essentially be intentional about ensuring I used to be paying respect, respecting her, respecting her legacy, respecting her spirit, respecting every thing about what she dropped at music and understanding that I will do it as a result of she’s finished it and laid that basis.’

On the time of her loss of life, Dukureh was engaged on her first full-length studio album which she described as ‘a tribute to the blues music style in celebration of these fierce unsung pioneering artists and musicians who paved the best way for the rock and roll music revolution.’

In April, Australian filmmaker Luhrmann had paid tribute to Dukureh who stars within the biopic reverse Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker.

Luhrmann, 59, shared pics of the 2 of them collectively and wrote: ‘The entire forged and crew of @Elvismovie are so thrilled and happy with @iamShonkaDukureh, who’s taking part in Large Mama Thornton within the movie, for her efficiency on stage at Coachella with @DojaCat for her new tune ‘Vegas’.’

Plaudits: In April, Australian filmmaker Luhrmann had paid tribute to Dukureh who stars in the biopic opposite Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker

Plaudits: In April, Australian filmmaker Luhrmann had paid tribute to Dukureh who stars within the biopic reverse Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker 

Dukureh additionally recorded with and supplied background vocals for the likes of Nick Cave, Mike Farris, Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharaohs, amongst others.

Her preliminary aim was to develop into a trainer however later determined to pursue a profession as a performing artist.

She graduated from Fisk College with a bachelor’s diploma in theater.

She additionally held a grasp’s diploma in training from Trevecca Nazarene College, based on her web site.

Unfinished: At the time of her death, Dukureh was working on her first full-length studio album which she described as 'a tribute to the blues music genre'

Unfinished: On the time of her loss of life, Dukureh was engaged on her first full-length studio album which she described as ‘a tribute to the blues music style’



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