Malcolm-Latif Shabazz, grandson of the late Malcolm X was killed in Mexico on Thursday, the Amsterdam news reports, with confirmations from the U.S. Embassy.
"I'm confirming, per US Embassy, on behalf of the family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X," tweeted Terrie M. Williams, a close friend of the Shabazz family.
Conflicting reports cite the cause of his death from either injuries sustained after he was thrown off a building or gunshot wounds while being robbed in Tijuana.
The 29-year-old was a convert of Shia Islam and was arrested earlier this year on a trip to Iran.
According to Facebook friend Zeynab Ladak, Shabazz expressed interest in traveling to Qom, a city southwest of Tehran, to study at a hawza (Islamic seminary).
In March, Shabazz released a statement expressing concerns of alleged FBI harrassment due to his travels in the Middle East.
"In the beginning of 2012 I had been informed that I was under investigation by the FBI's Counter Terrorism Task Force Unit," read the statement.
"The family has sacrificed blood and endured much pain. However, the name, the legacy, the lineage, and the memory lives on and continues to inspire. May he and his family be in peace," posted American playwright Wajahat Ali, known for his work on the first American Muslim play, The Domestic Crusaders.
Malcolm Shabazz is survived by two daughters, his mother and several aunts.