Actress Shonka Dukureh, who made her big screen debut as R&B singer and songwriter Big Mama Thornton in Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis",
she died at the age of 44, according to The Guardian.
The Metro Nashville Police Department said, she was found dead at her home in Nashville.
The actress has two children.
According to police, one of Dukureh's children found him unresponsive and the child went to a neighbor's apartment for help.
The cause of death appears to be natural, though the post-mortem report is awaited.
Elvis, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks in the lead roles, is a biopic on the king of singer-songwriter and actor Elvis Presley (Butler)
Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' manager.
The film has also been a commercial success for Warner Bros.
The film has so far grossed $190.6 million worldwide.