Shonka Dukureh, 44 has died.
Shonka Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in the acclaimed biography of Elvis by Baz Luhrmann.
The multitalented woman is also known as a gospel singer.
Elvis star Shonka Dukureh, 44, was discovered dead in her apartment by one of her young daughters.
The actress was dead on Thursday morning in her Nashville apartment's bedroom.
Shonka was found unresponsive on the floor by one of her two young children, who went to a neighbor to get help.
Police say there is no foul play suspected.
Investigators are awaiting autopsy results before they can determine a cause of death.
Shonka’s death comes just a month after the release of Baz Luhrmann’s highly-anticipated Elvis movie.