Shonka Dukureh, a singer and actress who portrayed Willie Mae “Huge Mama” Thornton within the not too long ago launched Baz Luhrmann movie “Elvis,” died Thursday, in accordance with Nashville police.
She was 44.
Dukureh was discovered lifeless in her Nashville condo that she shared along with her two younger kids. No foul play was evident, police said.
Dukureh’s position as Thornton, an R&B singer who was the primary artist to document the tune “Hound Canine,” later made well-known by Elvis Presley, was her first main movie look.
She is featured on the “Elvis” soundtrack and seems within the music video for Doja Cat’s tune “Vegas,” additionally from the film’s soundtrack. Moreover, Dukureh carried out with Doja Cat through the Coachella music competition in April.
Dukureh mirrored on her breakthrough position in “Elvis” in an interview she shared on Instagram final week, writing, “Gratefulness is the place I reside cuz my granny, gmama, momma, household modeled and instilled it in me. It isn’t a posture of lower than or crumbs scraping, however one which acknowledges good issues aren’t a assure and once we encounter them thankfulness, gratefulness is the least we are able to specific.”