The actor and singer, who performed Massive Mama Thornton within the latest biopic about Elvis Presley, was discovered lifeless in a bed room of her dwelling in Nashville on the age of 44.
After listening to the information, the director shared a collection of images, which included a picture of him kissing Shonka on the brow whereas on the set of Elvis.
He stated: “A particular mild went out as we speak and the entire Elvis film household are heartbroken by the lack of Shonka Dukureh.
“From the second she got here into our world, Shonka introduced pleasure, spirit and naturally her voice and her music.
“At any time when she was on set, on stage and even simply within the room, everybody all the time felt uplifted.
“Shonka was simply beginning to discover a bigger viewers for her great expertise, and I received to see her uplift entire crowds of individuals at Coachella and past.
“A favourite phrase of Shonka’s, in every day use, was “blessings,” and I, together with the whole Elvis solid, crew and musical collaborators, really feel actually blessed to have had time together with her.”
The 59-year-old filmmaker added that the solid and crew of Elvis have been sending their “love and help” to her youngsters and household.
Shonka was discovered unresponsive by one in all her youngsters who known as emergency providers.
There have been no indicators of foul play following her loss of life, who shared the residence together with her two younger youngsters, police stated.
Put up-mortem outcomes are pending from the health worker.
Shonka, who additionally shared the stage at Coachella this 12 months with Doja Cat, had a theatre diploma from Fisk College in Nashville and graduated from Trevecca Nazarene with an schooling diploma, WPLN-FM reported.
In an interview with the station final month, Shonka stated she taught 12 months two pupils for some time after which labored with internal metropolis youths by means of after-school and summer season programmes.
She stated these college students reached out after seeing her in Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic.
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