Ferguson Activist Bassem Masri Dead After Found Unresponsive

Well-known Ferguson activist and livestreamer Bassem Masri was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning

  • Masri was found unresponsive on a bus in Bridgeton, Missouri Tuesday morning

  • CPR was performed on Masri but he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital

  • Masri announced that he wanted to run for state representative earlier in the year

On Tuesday morning, 31-year-old Bassem Masri was found unresponsive on a bus in Bridgeton, Missouri. Masri was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 11:09 am.

It was reported that someone on the bus attempted to perform CPR on the bus. A cause of death will not be known until pending autopsy and toxicology reports come back. St. Louis County medical examiner’s office, there was nothing suspicious and no trauma to Masri.

Masri was well-known during protests in Ferguson following the 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Masri was a popular livestreamer during acts of civil disobedience in the Ferguson St Louis area. He was one of five arrested for protests that at times closed South Florissant Road in front of the Ferguson Police Department.

Earlier this year, Masri announced his intentions to run for state representative of Missouri. Masri said if elected he would focus on the demilitarization of police, battling the opioid epidemic, and school funding.

The incumbents in office aren’t doing anything. If elected my priorities will be to stop the militarization of the police, battling the opioid epidemic through means of rehabilitation not jail cells, and to get our schools accredited with the funding they need. You all know me as a man of my word and if elected I will work very hard for every Missourian. #2020

Word of Masri’s death spread on social media after Faizan Syed made a Facebook post about the tragic death. Syed stated Masri was his cousin on his wife’s side. He described Masri as “A gentle man who was fierce when he faced injustice.”

Bassem Masri son of Zhudi Masri, Muslim Palestinian young man who stood for his beliefs and was on the front lines in Ferguson returned his soul to Allah (swt) today. He was my cousin from my wife’s side of the family. A gentle man who was fierce when he faced injustice.

In his short life he did as much if not more to unit the fight for black liberation and Palestinian liberation.

We ask everyone to pray and make dua for Bassem and his family. May Allah accept his sacrifices for justice and overlook his flaws and mistakes.

Tomorrow, after Dizhr, 1:30pm will be his Janaza at Dar-Al-Jalal Masjid.

Masri is the fourth Ferguson activist to die since the protests over Brown’s death ended. Other activists have had their concerns and questions about the deaths over the years. Most recently, police claim activist Danye Jones’ death was a suicide, but his mother Melissa McKinnies believes foul play was involved.

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