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Shabazz was born in Detroit, Michigan. After high school, she attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and then the Brooklyn State Hospital School of Nursing. She obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health administration and a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
On 1 June 1997, Shabazz's grandson, Malcolm, who was living with her at the time, set fire to her New York City apartment. Shabazz suffered burns over 80% of her body and remained in intensive care for weeks, until she died on 23 June 1997. Her grandson was later sentenced to eighteen months in juvenile detention for manslaughter.
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