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Shonka Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, found dead in Nashville home

Dukureh's performance of 'Hound Dog' in the movie went viral.

Shonka Dukureh as Big Mama Thornton - Elvis

Shonka Dukureh, who had her first big screen experience with Baz Luhrmann's new movie 'Elvis', has died at the age of 44.

Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in the movie Elvis, was found dead on the floor in the house she shared with her two children, according to the Nashville Police Department.

It was stated that one of the children, seeing that their mother did not react, asked the neighbor for help, and he called the emergency line.

Dukureh played Big Mama Thornton in the movie Elvis, which was released in July. Dukureh went viral singing the song 'Hound Dog', which Thornton recorded in 1952, four years before Elvis Presley.

In an interview last month, Dukureh said that in the past she worked as a second grade teacher and took part in summer camps for the children of poor families.

Who is Shonka Dukureh?

Shonka Dukureh

Shonka Dukureh is best known for playing the iconic role of Big Mama Thornton in 'Elvis', which chronicles the life of Elvis Presley. Released on June 24, the movie was Dukureh's first and only movie, according to IMDB.

Shonka Dukureh is the mother of two children.

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