Civil rights icon Malcolm X's grandson has been killed in Mexico, according to reports.

Malcolm Shabazz, 28, was reported dead in Mexico City by U.S. authorities on Thursday (09May13), according to family friend, author Terrie M. Williams.

On her page, she writes, "I'm confirming, per US Embassy, on behalf of the family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X. Statement from family to come."

The United States Consular Service says it is "aware of the death of a U.S. citizen in Mexico City".

Details of Shabazz's death are not immediately clear as Wenn goes to press, but reports suggest he was killed during an attempted robbery.

Shabazz, the son of Malcolm X's daughter, Qubilah Shabazz, hit the headlines as a 12 year old in 1997 when he pleaded guilty to setting the house fire which killed his grandmother, his iconic grandfather's widow Betty Shabazz. He was sentenced to 18-months in a juvenile detention centre.