MEMPHIS, Tenn.– Shonka Dukureh, the actress who portrayed Big Mama Thornton in the movie ‘Elvis’, has died, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. She was 44.
According to police, Dukureh was found dead Thursday in the bedroom of her Kothe Way apartment in Nashville. She shared the apartment with her two young children.
Authorities said there is no evidence of foul play. Further information about her death has not been released at this time.
Dukureh, a singer and Fisk University graduate, recently made her big screen debut in ‘Elvis’. The movie was released on June 24, 2022, and soared past Top Gun during its opening weekend. It took the #1 spot as well, making over $31M.
Dukureh is also featured on Doja Cat’s hit song ‘Vegas’ and performed with the music artist at Coachella in April.
WREG is working to learn more information.