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
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.

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May 10, 2013 9:29 AM CDT
Is there a major Klan meeting somewhere today? Where are all the racists?
May 10, 2013 8:44 AM CDT
This will only lead to ignorant comments and character assassination. Too bad he didn't have the help he needed, or was so far gone he refused any that was offered. The need for improved mental health services and better healthcare resonates far beyond the current gun debates. We need to take care to allow such services that help people take care of themselves. It's not coddling or hand-holding, it's making positive paths available and inspiring people to improve. The fact that many miss about things like this, is that you are LUCKY and/ or BLESSED to have an innate drive to protect and serve yourself. Some people lack the chemicals in their brains to allow for it. It's not their fault, and we don't need to cater to them their entire lives, but instead offer guidance. It's a part of the human condition, and it saddens me that this quality of everyone's character has been politicized so radically. Liberal, Conservative, whoever - taking care of our fellow man is NOT something that should be an ideological barrier.
May 10, 2013 8:36 AM CDT
Damn, you'd hope that there would be some inspiring qualities left in the bloodline. Bummer.