(The Root) — Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X (aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), was killed in Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday morning. According to the Amsterdam News, he died from injuries sustained after being either shot or thrown off a roof while he was being robbed, but the reports on his cause of death have not been confirmed. He was 29 years old.
Unfortunately, the Shabazz family is no stranger to tragedy, since two of Malcolm Shabazz’s grandparents died violently. His grandfather was assassinated in 1965, and his grandmother Betty died of injuries sustained in a fire that Shabazz himself set at age 12.
Upon hearing the news on Twitter, some began speculating that Shabazz’s death was the result of a government conspiracy, citing his former arrest by the FBI as evidence. For the most part, people took the opportunity to tweet their condolences.
R.I.P Malcolm Shabazz Much love to you and your fam #Never Forgotten
— Mr.Bank$ (@YungMrBanks) May 9, 2013
Malcolm Shabazz had a troubled life. Bless him. Sad to hear about his passing.
— Diamond Sharp (@diamonde) May 9, 2013
Condolences to the Shabazz family who have seen more grief and untimely passings than anyone ought to. #restinpeace
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) May 9, 2013
my prayers are with the Shabazz family.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 9, 2013
RIP Malcolm Shabazz grandson of Malcolm X sad to hear about him being killed…cool cat the times I met him and had on our shows
— Davey D (@mrdaveyd) May 9, 2013