One of her co-stars dubbed her performance as Big Mama Thornton in her Hollywood debut "a mystical experience."

A body was discovered on Thursday in Nashville belonging to Shonka Dukureh, who made her Hollywood debut

Hollywood debut playing Big Mama Thornton, a famous blues singer, in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film Elvis. At the time, she was 44 years old.

No foul play was detected, although the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department did not disclose a cause of death.

Mr. Luhrmann's long-awaited biopic, "Elvis," starring Austin Butler as the King and Tom Hanks as his manager, Tom Parker, premiered in June.

One of her most popular performances was  "Hound Dog, "in which she sang with incredible passion and intensity.

Her website states she has a bachelor's degree in theatre from Fisk University and a master's degree in education from Nashville's Trevecca Nazarene University,

Ms. Dukureh said that she had been born on September 3, 1977, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and that she was currently residing in Nashville.