An actress from the movie Elvis died: she was found dead by one of her children

Shonka Dukurehthe singer and actress who played Big Mama Thornton in “Elvisby Baz Luhrmann, was found dead in her Nashville, Tennessee apartmenton Thursday, police confirmed. She was 44 years old.

Shonka Dukureh

Dukerh joined the cast of Elvis, released in May, a film about the life and career of Elvis Presley directed by Baz Luhrmann, from a screenplay written by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. It is starring Austin Butler y Tabout Hanks, with Olivia DeJonge, Yola, Luke Bracey, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh and David Wenham in supporting roles.

How Shonka Dukureh died

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, no suspicion in Dukureh’s death. Dukureh, a graduate of Fisk University, was found dead in the bedroom of her apartment of Kothe Way that he shared with his two young children,” the tweet reads.

As reported The Tennessean, Dukureh was found unanswered Thursday morning by one of his sons, who went to a neighbor for help. The cause of death is not yet known and will be determined by the medical examiner.

Death of Shonka Dukureh

Who was Shonka Dukureh

Dukureh got his first role this year in “Elvis” as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, the iconic R&B singer-songwriter who was the first to record “Hound Dog” by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1952, which would later make Elvis Presley even more famous. “Elvis” was the Dukureh’s first major film roleand his voice appears on the film’s soundtrack in his version of “Hound Dog”.

According to The Tennessean, Dukureh was from Charlotte, NC, but later became a Nashville resident. He received a bachelor’s degree in drama from Fisk University and a master’s degree in education from Trevecca Nazarene University.

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Dukureh was planning to release his first full-length album soon. “The project is a tribute to the musical genre of blues in celebration of those fiercely unsung pioneering artists and musicians who paved the way for the rock ‘n roll musical revolution,” Dukureh wrote on his website.

Throughout his career, Dukureh has performed and recorded with the likes of Jamie Lidell and the Royal Pharaohs, Nick Cave, Mike Farris, Pete Rock, Smoke Dza and Bahamas, according to his website.


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