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Grandson of Malcolm X Killed in Mexico

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In this file photo, Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of political activist Malcolm X, leaves Family Court after a detention hearing, in Yonkers, N.Y., July 1999.
Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of U.S. civil rights activist Malcolm X has died in a Mexico City hospital after an apparent beating. He was 28.

Mexican authorities said Shabazz died after suffering multiple injuries following a fight Thursday in a bar near Plaza Garibaldi, home to Mariachi bands, strip clubs and bars.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City declined to give information on the death at the request of his family.

In June 1997, Malcolm Shabazz, then 12, set a fire at his grandmother Betty Shabazz's home. She died from severe burns, and he served four years in juvenile detention.

Shabazz also served time on a 2002 attempted robbery conviction, and was released in 2005. In 2006, he pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for smashing the window of a Yonkers doughnut shop.