Grandson of Malcolm X slain in Mexico

The troubled grandson of iconic American civil rights leader Malcolm X has been killed in Mexico after a fight in a bar, local prosecutors confirmed on Friday.

Malcolm Shabazz, 29, died in hospital after suffering multiple injuries following a fight in a Mexico City bar on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Shabazz was described as a paranoid schizophrenic during his 1997 trial for starting the fatal fire which ultimately claimed the life of his grandmother Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, who was assassinated in 1965.

Officials in Mexico said Malcolm Shabazz had traveled to the country to meet a local labor activist.

The fatally wounded Shabazz was discovered early Thursday at Plaza Garibaldi, a popular tourist spot packed with bars and restaurants.

According to the testimony of a companion, Shabazz had been relaxing at a bar drinking beer before becoming embroiled in the attack which led to his death.

The US Embassy in Mexico City declined to give information on the death at the request of his family.