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The cause of death for Shonka Dukureh was disclosed

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Cardiovascular illness caused by hypertension and atherosclerosis claimed the life of Shonka Dukureh.

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The woman who played Big Mama Thornton in the most recent film adaptation of "Elvis" was discovered deceased at her Nashville, Tennessee, home.

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Last month, Shonka Dukureh was 44 years old.

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The actress was "found unconscious in bed by her young son, who fled to the neighbours for assistance and dialled 911."

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In her native Nashville, Shonka was well-known for her gospel performances.

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Although she was first invited to appear behind the camera, her involvement in "Elvis" was originally intended to be off-screen.

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"A particular light went out tonight, and all of the Elvis movie family are devastated by the loss," "Elvis" director Baz Luhrmann posted on Instagram.