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Jada Pinkett Smith and fans mourn Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur-Davis, with #DearMama

Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 @ 1:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 @ 4:59 PM


            FILE - In this June 16, 2011 file photo, Afeni Shakur, mother of the late Tupac Shakur, attends the 2Pac 40th Birthday Concert Celebration in Atlanta. Afeni Shakur has died. She was 69 years old. The Marin County, California, Sheriff's Department confirmed her death. .(AP Photo/ Ron Harris)
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FILE - In this June 16, 2011 file photo, Afeni Shakur, mother of the late Tupac Shakur, attends the 2Pac 40th Birthday Concert Celebration in Atlanta. Afeni Shakur has died. She was 69 years old. The Marin County, California, Sheriff's Department confirmed her death. .(AP Photo/ Ron Harris)(Ron Harris)

More than 18,000 tweets were posted with the hashtag “Dear Mama” by Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after reports of the death of Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur, surfaced, the hashtag began trending on Twitter.

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"Dear Mama" served as the lead single for Shakur's 1995 album "Me Against the World." The song detailed the mother and son's rocky relationship, Shakur-Davis' drug addiction and Tupac's appreciation for her.

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"And even as a crack fiend, mama, you always was a black queen, mama. I finally understand. For a woman, it ain't easy trying to raise a man," Tupac rapped.

The single was a one of Tupac's biggest hits, peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The song usually resurfaces around Mother's Day each year, but news of Shakur-Davis' death makes revisiting the popular single bittersweet.

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who became best friends Tupac at Baltimore School for the Arts, posted a heartfelt message on Facebook addressing Shakur-Davis' death.

"Today I woke up to the news that Afeni had passed," Pinkett wrote. "My heart tightened, and then all kinds of memories flooded in. I quickly remembered how calm Afeni was especially during any crisis. She always had a way of making me believe all would be well... Today she is reunited with her son. Rest in peace Afeni, and give Pac a hug and a kiss from me."


Shakur-Davis died on Monday in California. She was 69 years old.

In 1997, Tupac was shot multiple times after leaving an event in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old died six days later. His killing remains unsolved.