Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of civil rights icon Malcolm X, has been killed in Mexico according to The Amsterdam News.
Shabazz's death was also confirmed on Twitter and Facebook by Terrie Williams, a friend of the Shabazz family.
While details of his death are still unclear, there are unconfirmed reports that Shabazz died of injuries sustained during a robbery.
Shabazz is the son of Qubilah Shabazz, who was the second daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. In his youth, he set a fire that caused the death of his grandmother. For that crime, he plead guilty to manslaughter, was found guilty of arson, and was sentenced to 18 months in a juvenile detention facility.
As an adult, Shabazz continued to have trouble with the law, The New York Times reported. He plead guilty to attempted robbery in 2002 and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Just months after his release in 2006, he was arrested again, this time for punching a hole in a store window.
At the time of his death, Shabazz was attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and working on two books.
He is survived by his mother and two daughters.