Yolanda Denise King, daughter and eldest child of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died, said Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center.
King died late Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 51.
Klein said the family did not know the cause of death but thinks it might have been a heart problem.
Andrew Young, a lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr.’s during the civil rights movement who remained close to the family after the civil rights icon’s death, said Yolanda King had just spoken at an event for the American Heart Association.
Last year, Yolanda King became a spokeswoman for the organization, and promoted a campaign to raise awareness, especially among blacks, about stroke.
“She was on the way to spend the night with Dexter,” Young said, referring to King’s younger brother. “I understand she got to his house and came in and collapsed in the doorway. They were not able to revive her.”
Born on Nov. 17, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala., King was just an infant when her home was bombed during the turbulent civil rights era. She was 12 years old when her father died.