Geronimo Pratt: Black Panther, Tupac's Godfather Dies at 63
Geronimo Pratt Dies in Tanzania
Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt has died at age 63 after suffering a heart attack. Geronimo Pratt was a senior member of the Black Panther Party in Los Angeles, and was among the American citizens targeted by COINTELPRO.
Geronimo Pratt was convicted of kidnapping and murdering schoolteacher Caroline Olsen. The murder conviction was overturned in 1997 when it emerged that the prosecution withheld the fact that a key witness against Pratt was also an FBI and LAPD informant. Pratt, who had at that point served 27 years behind bars, was freed from prison and sued the FBI and LAPD for $4.5 million.
Geronimo Pratt was also the godfather of Tupac Shakur.
At the time of his death, Geronimo Pratt was living in rural Tanzania with his family.
Also see: AllHipHop: Interview with Geronimo Pratt.