Elvis Actress Found Dead By One Of Her Children at Home
Shonka Dukureh has passed away at the age of 44.
The “Elvis” star and blues singer was found dead at her apartment – which she shared with her two young children – early Thursday morning, according to a tweet from Nashville police.
BREAKING: No foul play is evident in today's death of actress Shonka Dukureh, 44, who portrayed Big Mama Thornton in this year's Elvis movie. Dukureh, a Fisk Univ graduate, was found dead in the bedroom of her Kothe Way apt that she shared with her 2 young children.
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) July 21, 2022
She was discovered by one of her children, who found her unresponsive and ran to a neighbor’s home to get help.
Dukureh had just recently gained attention for her role in the “Elvis” movie, where she played Big Mama Thornton.
Elvis is a 2022 biographical musical film directed by Baz Luhrmann, who co-wrote the screenplay with Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner. The film follows the life of rock and roll icon, singer, and actor Elvis Presley, told from the perspective of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
— Shonka Dukureh (@iamshonka) July 9, 2022
The million-dollar question is: Was Shonka Dukureh vaccinated?
Most workers in the entertainment industry are — being required by the production company or the venue where they perform. Standup comedians and smaller-bit players in film and TV productions have little choice but to get proof of being injected with synthetic mRNA if they want to continue working in the industry.
Finally, Ms. Dukureh- @iamshonka a graduate of Fisk University, who played Big Mama Thornton in the new Elvis movie will be performing at the end of March at the Ryman auditorium. You do not want to miss this mini-concert.
Invite your friends and join us for this day of action! pic.twitter.com/b2AlOzufyo
— Councilwoman Zulfat Suara (@zulfat4council) July 20, 2022
RIP Shonka Dukureh
#ElvisMovie is rocking the box office! Singer and actress @iamshonka shared her experience portraying Big Mama Thornton in the new film with CW30 for an exclusive interview. Visit our Facebook page to see the full interview! pic.twitter.com/lYBumAoRSl
— CW30 Memphis (@CW30Memphis) July 13, 2022
⬆️ Shonka Dukureh as Big Mama Thornton in Doja Cat’s Vegas, from the original motion picture soundtrack of Elvis ⬆️