From the joys of a lifetime to its premature finish, all in lower than six months…
We’re so unhappy to listen to of the passing of Shonka Dukureh. It’s possible you’ll not know the singer’s identify, you might not have had time to be taught it, however when you noticed Elvis you’ll know who we’re speaking about. The performer made her huge Hollywood debut this yr taking part in Huge Mama Thornton alongside Austin Butler‘s acclaimed efficiency as The King. She even acquired to share the stage with Doja Cat at Coachella.
And her model of Hound Canine will stay on without end on the biopic’s soundtrack.
Tragically, Shonka didn’t have a lot time to bask within the glory of her late-bloomer film profession. The Nashville Metropolitan Police Division confirmed to Individuals that the gospel singer was discovered useless in her condominium on Thursday morning.
Based on experiences, certainly one of her two younger youngsters discovered her unresponsive and ran to a neighbor’s, who referred to as 911. A reason behind dying continues to be being decided, however no foul play is suspected.
Shonka was solely 44 years outdated.
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Information of the Tennessee star’s passing made all of it the best way to Nashville Mayor John Cooper, who mentioned in an announcement through Fox17:
“My deepest condolences to the household of Shonka Dukureh. Shonka graduated from Fisk and referred to as Nashville residence for a few years. Her highly effective voice and artistry will stay on by way of her music, and we honor her reminiscence on this unhappy day.”
Shonka was simply getting began in present enterprise. Whereas she’d completed a number of native theater and sung in church choirs, this was her huge break. Earlier than that she’d labored as a instructor and neighborhood chief, as she instructed native outlet WPLN simply final month:
“I taught second grade for a short while over at Buena Vista Elementary in Metro Colleges, after which did a number of work with internal metropolis youth doing after-school programing, summer time programing — these packages that we’d like throughout the break so that children can have a constructive place to be.”
A few of her college students reached out after her huge debut, not believing they have been taught by a film star. She demurred:
“They’re blown away, like, ‘Wow! Miss Shonka! Actually?’ I mentioned, ‘I’m nonetheless Ms. Shonka, you understand!’”
The performer was so vigorous and had a lot expertise left to indicate the world. It simply doesn’t appear honest. She additionally spoke to ABC24 in Memphis about her newfound profession earlier this month. See that now bittersweet interview (beneath):
[Image via Warner Bros/ABC24/YouTube.]