Elvis' actress and blues singer Shonka Dukureh dead at 44

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Shonka Dukureh, a blues singer and actress, was discovered dead in her Nashville residence on Thursday.

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On Thursday, Shonka Dukureh, a blues singer and actress, was discovered dead in her Nashville home.

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The actress most recently appeared in the film "Elvis" as Big Mama Thornton.

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According to authorities, one of Dukureh's children saw mom unconscious and rushed to a neighbor's residence for assistance.

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Police have stated that they do not believe foul play was involved in her death.

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Dukureh, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a Nashville resident, earned a bachelor's degree in drama from Fisk University.

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Trevecca Nazarene University also awarded her a master's degree in education.

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Big Mama Thornton was the performing artist's first significant cinema part, which she did not take lightly.

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