What Happened To Elvis Actress Shonka Dukureh?
In a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday, the Tennessee Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that "Elvis" actress Shonka Dukureh passed away from "natural causes."
Cardiovascular disease caused by hypertension and atherosclerosis was listed as the cause of her death.
The director of the film Elvis, Baz Luhrmann, wrote a eulogy in her honor, saying that "the entire cast and crew was so devoted to her."
In a story that appeared in Time in July, Luhrmann wrote, "Underneath all that goodness was a living human being, hilarious as hell." "I can't imagine a situation where she wouldn't interact with those around her."
Luhrmann remembers that Dukureh was singing gospel when he first heard her. He said he could "hear her voice truly raising people," which was how he knew he had chosen a "genuine spiritual person" for the movie.