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Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 @ 1:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 @ 4:59 PM
By: Jewel Wicker - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
"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.
"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.
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."