Betty Shabazz (pictured), the widow of famed civil rights icon Malcolm X, died on this day in 1997 at the age of 61. Her death was the result of a blaze in her New York home three weeks prior that was started by her grandson.
Mrs. Shabazz was burned in a June 1 fire that was brought about by her grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, who was just 12 at the time. The family?s Mount Vernon home went up in flames, burning more than 80 percent of Shabazz?s body. Shabazz underwent major surgery yet remained in critical condition the entire time she was hospitalized.
Her grandson was arrested and accused of setting the fire because he was unhappy for being to sent to live there by his mother, Qubilah Shabazz, who was undergoing treatment via a plea deal after a…
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