June 24, 1997 |
Betty Shabazz, the widow of Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, died Monday in a Bronx hospital after struggling for more than three weeks to overcome massive burns from a fire that prosecutors say was set by her 12-year-old grandson. Her uphill fight elicited expressions of sympathy and prayers from civil rights leaders and ordinary people who turned out by the hundreds to donate blood for her treatment.
June 19, 1997 |
The condition of Betty Shabazz, critically burned in a fire 2 1/2 weeks ago, has worsened over the last few days, according to the hospital where she is being treated. Her problems "are being treated, but they are clearly of a life-threatening nature," said Jacobi Medical Center in a statement. Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, has been in extremely critical condition since June 1, when she suffered third-degree burns over 80% of her body in a fire at her Yonkers apartment.
June 13, 1997 |
For the 11th day, the vigil and the parade of visitors continued Thursday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where Betty Shabazz, the critically burned widow of Malcolm X, is fighting for her life. Her struggle is becoming a story not only of medical technology but also of the human sprit. Everyone from former Mayor Edward I.
June 9, 1997 |
Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X who was badly burned in a fire that police believe her 12-year-old grandson set, underwent a fourth surgical procedure to remove more charred skin, hospital officials said. The operation was successful, said Rita Connelly, nursing supervisor at Jacobi Medical Center. The hospital said 72% of Shabazz's burned tissue has been removed, and her next operation is scheduled Tuesday.
June 7, 1997 |
The grandson of Malcolm X appeared at a closed court hearing in connection with a fire that severely burned his grandmother, the widow of the civil rights leader. Westchester Family Court Judge Howard Spitz ordered the hearing closed and said further proceedings would be sealed until the case was over. The exact charges against the youth were not known.
June 5, 1997 |
The widow of Malcolm X, badly burned in a fire allegedly set by her troubled grandson, had seven hours of skin graft surgery, said hospital officials at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. "She withstood the procedure considerably well but she still remains in critical but stable condition," a hospital spokeswoman said. Betty Shabazz, 63, suffered third-degree burns over 80% of her body in a fire Sunday. A third-degree burn is one that extends deep into the skin's underlying tissue.
June 4, 1997 |
Betty Shabazz's daughter and troubled 12-year-old grandson were reunited in an emotional Family Court proceeding here as doctors prepared to perform delicate surgery that they characterized as an "absolute necessity" to save Shabazz's life. Judge Howard Spitz postponed until Friday a preliminary hearing on a charge of juvenile delinquency against Malcolm, the grandson of slain black leader Malcolm X, for allegedly setting a gasoline-stoked fire in the apartment of his grandmother.
June 3, 1997 |
Malcolm X's widow fought for her life Monday after being burned over most of her body in a fire allegedly set by her grandson, described by a family lawyer as "a sad little boy" with a troubled past. Betty Shabazz was listed in critical condition with third-degree burns over 80% of her body. "The injuries are catastrophic. . . . She is in a life-threatening situation and will be for a long period of time," said Dr. Bruce Greenstein at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
June 2, 1997 |
The widow of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X suffered severe burns Sunday in an intense fire that investigators said was suspicious. Police said they arrested a young relative in connection with the blaze. Doctors said Betty Shabazz, 63, had third-degree burns over 80% of her body and was in extremely critical condition at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1996
Black activists announced plans Thursday for the first multicultural "Million Woman March" through south Los Angeles on June 15, featuring the widow of Malcolm X. Betty Shabazz has confirmed her participation in the event, said Celes King III, state chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality. Organizers are planning a 3.2-mile walk that will begin at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and end at Exposition Park with a series of speeches by Shabazz and other participants, King said.