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Yolanda King, Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Dies

ATLANTA (AP) - The Reverend Martin Luther King Junior's eldest child who pursued her father's dream of racial harmony through drama and motivational speaking collapsed and died after making a speech.

Yolanda King was 51.

She died late yesterday in Santa Monica, California. A spokesman for the King Center -- Steve Klein -- says the family does NOT know the cause of death, but relatives think it might have been a heart problem.

Andrew Young -- a lieutenant of Martin Luther King Junior's during the civil rights movement who remained close the family after King's death -- says Yolanda King had just spoken at an event for the American Heart Association.

Yolanda King became a spokeswoman for the organization after her mother suffered a stroke in August 2005, and promoted a campaign to
raise awareness, especially among blacks, about stroke.

Young says she was on her way to spend the night with her younger brother, Dexter, and collapsed in the doorway when she got to his house.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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