Shonka Dukureh, Actress who sang ‘Hound Dog” in ‘Elvis’, Dies

November 2, 2022
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How did Elvis die?

How did Elvis die? Shonka Dukureh killed in Nashville on Thursday. She made her Hollywood debut in “Elvis”, as Big Mama Thornton, the blues singer. She was 44.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department confirmed that Ms. Dukureh died, but didn’t give a cause of death. They said only that there was no evidence of foul play. One of Ms. Dukureh’s young children discovered her dead in her bedroom on Thursday morning. He call 911 after being alert  a neighbor.

In June, Mr. Luhrmann’s anticipated movie “Elvis”, about Elvis Presley’s life, was released. It stars Austin Butler as the lead role, and Tom Hanks plays Presley’s manager Tom Parker.

Big Mama Thornton was the first major acting role for Ms. Dukureh. She recorded the original version “Hound Dog” in 1952 years before Presley’s hit. Thornton was the role that combined her powerful voice and her newly acquired acting skills.

How did Elvis die? Audiences were particularly impressed by her rendition of “Hound dog“. According to her website, she had planned to release a studio album titled “The Lady sings the blues.”

Ms. Dukureh claimed she was originally from Nashville, “by way Charlotte, N.C.” where she was born Sept. 3, 1977. According to her website, she originally intended to become a teacher. She holds a master’s in education from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville), and also holds a bachelor’s in theater from Fisk University (also Nashville). Instead, she pursued the arts. She pursued the arts instead, with her powerful voice heard on international tours with Jamie Lidell & The Royal Pharaohs.

Her performance in “Elvis”, quickly earned her fans, including her fellow cast members. Olivia DeJonge, the actress who played Priscilla in “Elvis,” told Entertainment Weekly that it was a spiritual experience to watch Ms. Dukureh perform.

Ms. DeJonge stated, “To see a star essentially being born, to have some sort of break-free, was just — it’s insane to watch.”

Information about survivors was not immediately available.

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