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Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon is back from the Berkshire Theatre Festival and is headed to Broadway to direct a revival of “Children of a Lesser God.” But he is not home to rest. Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company just opened “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” a musical based on the songs and poetry of Tupac Shakur.

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This story was updated at 2:46 p.m.

Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and then fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69.

Deputies and firefighters responded to a 911 call to Shakur's home in Sausalito Monday night, performed CPR, rushed her to a hospital and tried to revive her for about an hour, but "she had in fact died from what is believed to be some kind of cardiac event," Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said.

Tupac is in Atlanta in spirit.

The hip-hop icon is immortalized in bronze in Stone Mountain, Georgia, at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts.

The statue of Tupac Shakur, who looks dapper in a suit with rings on his fingers and a Bible in hand, stands amid an overgrown garden and reflecting pool in the shape of a cross. The memorial of the late rapper has been standing alone for about a year now since the center closed.