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    Shonka Dukureh (44) died from hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

    ?Elvis? actor Shonka Dukureh was found dead Thursday in the Nashville, Tennessee, apartment she shared with her two young children, police said.

    She was 44 years old.

    Dukureh, a blues singer, played Big Mama Thornton in the blockbuster biopic about Elvis Presley's rise to stardom released last month.

    One of her children found her unresponsive in the bedroom of her Kothe Way apartment and ran to a neighbor's apartment for help, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. The neighbor called police at 9:27 a.m., according to authorities.

    No foul play is ?evident? in her death, police said.

    Her death is unclassified pending autopsy results from the medical examiner?s office.

    NBC News is reaching out to her representatives for comment.

    Nashville Mayor John Cooper shared his condolences Thursday saying: ?Her powerful voice and artistry will live on through her music, and we honor her memory on this sad day.?
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    “Elvis” actor Shonka Dukureh, who was found dead in her Nashville, Tennessee, home last month, died of natural causes, according to the local medical examiner’s office.

    A spokesperson for the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office said the official cause of death was “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”

    Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is when the force of blood against artery walls is too high. Atherosclerosis is the thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque, made up of fatty substances and cholesterol, in the arteries’ inner lining, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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