Black Panther’s daughter found dead in Brooklyn home

An 89-year-old woman whose father was the leader of the Black Panther party and whose grandson is a boxing star has been found dead in her home in Brooklyn, authorities said. Althea Gibson was…

Black Panther's daughter found dead in Brooklyn home

An 89-year-old woman whose father was the leader of the Black Panther party and whose grandson is a boxing star has been found dead in her home in Brooklyn, authorities said.

Althea Gibson was found on Friday morning in a home in Prospect Heights, the New York Police Department said. Police said she was pronounced dead at the scene. No other details were immediately available.

Eliel Cruz, an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn’s 108th district, said in an email that an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday. He said the cause of death was not immediately known.

Gibson, a native of Philadelphia, was the daughter of Malcolm X and Amilah Fordyce.

The family moved from Philadelphia to New York in the early 1950s, when the civil rights leader was holding a series of lectures at the old Whitney M Robinson Theater on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. On 23 February 1965, he gave a public speech in Harlem after returning from a trip to Cuba. It’s one of the most influential speeches of the 20th century and sparked protests in cities across the country.

Gibson was a founder of the Black Panther party in the late 1960s, following in her father’s footsteps and leading protests against police brutality and fighting for civil rights and equal pay for black workers. She resigned in 1975.

“What America is doing to the black community today isn’t happening to another people in this country,” she told New York’s Newsday newspaper in 1966. “It is totally unfair. The system is based on class. The young people are keeping their head up.”

Authorities also found her grandson, the undefeated welterweight welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.

Spence posted a photo of Gibson and his daughter on Instagram early on Friday, with the caption: “Damn this goes to show that God always has the last laugh. It don’t matter how old you are as long as you smile and love life. The greatest people have passed on and they keep reminding us that happiness is eternal. Keep being you and loving life like your last.”

Both were believed to be at the family home in Brooklyn, spurring a search, the New York Daily News reported.

An NYPD spokesman declined to comment on the search.

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