Shonka Dukureh, an Elvis actor, was discovered dead at age 44.

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Shonka Dukureh, a blues vocalist who just made her debut in Baz Luhrmann's musical biography.

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The Tennessee reports that Elvis is deceased. Accord to Nashville police, Dukureh

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She appeared in Baz Luhrmann's film as renowned singer Big Mama Thornton,

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was discovered in the room that she and her two kids shared in the apartment. 44 was Dukureh's age.

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She had her first training as a primary school teacher, according to the Dukureh website, before deciding to pursue music.

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(While pursuing her acting career, she reportedly continued to work with children through after-school and summer programmes.)

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After several years of performing as a session pianist for numerous musicians,

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including Jamie Liddell and Nick Cave, she made her feature picture debut with Elvis.

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In addition to playing Thornton in the Luhrmann movie, she also sang "Hound Dog" on the soundtrack, 

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which encouraged Austin Butler's Elvis Presley to start singing the song himself. She was getting ready to release her debut album,

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Lady Sings the Blues, and she had also recently been seen in a Doja Cat music video.

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Lady Sings the Blues, and she had also recently been seen in a Doja Cat music video.

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