Singer and actress Shonka Dukureh (44), who performed Big Mama Thornton in Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis”, was discovered lifeless in her house on Thursday, the police stated.
According to a tweet from the Metro Nashville Police Department, no foul play is obvious in Dukureh’s loss of life.
“Dukureh, a Fisk Univ graduate, was found dead in the bedroom of her Kothe Way apt that she shared with her two young children,” the tweet reads.
According to ‘Variety’, as reported by The Tennessean, Dukureh was discovered unresponsive on Thursday morning by one among her youngsters, who went to a neighbour for assist. The reason behind loss of life isn’t but recognized and shall be decided by the medical expert.
Dukureh obtained her breakout function this yr in ‘Elvis’ as Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton, the long-lasting R&B singer-songwriter who was the primary to document Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
‘Hound Dog’ in 1952, which might later be made much more well-known by Elvis Presley.
‘Elvis‘ was Dukureh’s first main movie function, and her voice is featured on the movie’s soundtrack in her model of ‘Hound Dog’.
According to The Tennessean, Dukureh was from Charlotte, N.C. however later grew to become a Nashville resident.
She acquired a bachelor’s diploma in theatre from Fisk University and a Master’s diploma in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University.
According to her web site, Dukureh had plans to release her first full-length album quickly.
“The project is a tribute to the blues music genre in celebration of those fierce unsung pioneering artists and musicians who paved the way for the rock’n roll music revolution,” she wrote on her web site.
Throughout her profession, Dukureh carried out and recorded with artists like Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharaohs, Nick Cave, Mike Farris, Pete Rock, Smoke Dza and Bahamas, based on her web site.
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