King's daughter passes away

May 16, 2007

Yolanda Denise King, daughter and eldest child of civil rights leader the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior, is dead.

King died last night in Santa Monica, California. She was 51.

Born on Nov. 17, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, King was just an infant when her home was bombed during the turbulent civil rights era.

As an actress, she appeared in numerous films and even played civil rights heroine Rosa Parks in the 1978 miniseries "King." She founded a production company called Higher Ground Productions.

There is no word on a cause of death, but a family member says it could be related to her heart.

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