Mother Of Al Sharpton Died Mother Of Al Sharpton Died in the age of 87. Her spokeswoman says Ada Sharpton passed away early Thursday morning in Dothan, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Rachel Noerdlinger says Sharpton will fly to Alabama to make arrangements for his mother’s funeral after attending a rally Thursday evening in Sanford, for Trayvon Martin. Martin is a black teenager who was shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida. His parents attended a march for their son in New York City on Wednesday evening. Noerdlinger says Sharpton learned of his mother’s death while boarding the flight to Florida Thursday morning.