Malcolm X's Troubled Grandson Dead at 28 Malcolm Shabazz rumored to have been killed in Mexico: report By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted May 10, 2013 8:18 AM CDT 13 comments Comments In this 1963 file photo, Malcolm X is pictured at a rally in Harlem. (AP Photo/Robert Haggins, File) (Newser) – Malcolm X's grandson is dead in Mexico, according to reports. Malcolm Shabazz is rumored to have been killed, according to the New York Amsterdam News, but details are uncertain. A family friend tells the New York Times US authorities confirmed the 28-year-old's death. Shabazz was a troubled figure from childhood, the Times notes; he pleaded guilty at age 12 to having set a fire that resulted in his grandmother's death, though he later told the Amsterdam News he was innocent. He spent four years in jail; following his release, he was jailed again for attempted robbery. A witness at the arson trial called him "a schizophrenic boy of a paranoid type." In 2003, he told the Times he was in a gang—though he also spent time encouraging teens to stay away from gangs and drugs.