Newsflash! Tupac’s musical legacy is reportedly protected from Afeni Shakur’s ex-husband’s itchy fingers.
As you know, Afeni unfortunately passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack and conspiracy theorist pounced on the fact that she was going through a messy divorce.
While there’s been no suggestion of foul play, many questioned if Afeni’s soon to be ex-husband, Gust Davis, would be able nab Tupac’s remaining assets now that Afeni is no longer around to protect them… well, it seems Tupac’s mom made sure that there were specific stipulations on what to do with the funds in the event of her death, and her ex-husband’s name wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the paperwork.
Tupac’s mother guarded his music and financial legacy in life, and TMZ has learned Afeni Shakur took extraordinary steps to do the same in death.
Afeni had set up a trust to control all of Tupac’s music rights, and a rep for his estate tells us the paperwork is flawless. She also named the perfect executor, Tom Whalley — former head of Warner Bros. Records — to handle Tupac’s valuable catalog.
We’re told the trust is very specific about heirs, and the money is going to select charities and family. Afeni is survived by her sister, Gloria, and a daughter, Sekyiwa Shakur … Tupac’s half sister.
Her estranged husband, Gust Davis, is not mentioned in the trust — so Tupac’s money and music will be virtually untouchable in that divorce.
Interestingly, Tupac’s mother was repped by attorney Howard King, who also worked with Prince years ago. He says Prince hated dealing with paperwork and rarely listened to advisors, but Afeni was the exact opposite — which is why there shouldn’t be any legal battles over Tupac’s fortune.
Afeni Shakur was a smart woman! I knew she would do everything possible to protect her son’s assets.