Tupac Shakur, also known by the names ‘Makaveli’ and ‘2Pac’, was a renowned American rapper, actor and music producer widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. Some of his most notable songs include Changes, Dear Mama, Temptations, So Many Tears, California Love and Hit ‘Em Up.
How Tupac Shakur Died
On 7th September 1996, at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting. After the incident, Tupac was taken to the University Medical Center, Southern Nevada, where he perished six days later. There’ve been numerous suspects in Tupac’s fatal shooting, and conspiracy theories around his untimely death, and it’s the goal of this post to provide an in-depth view of the event.
On the fateful night of 7th September 1996, Tupac attended a boxing match between Bruce Seldon and Mike Tyson at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tupac was not alone; he attended the event with Suge Knight, owner of Death Row Records, the producing entity for most of Tupac’s songs, and some of Knight’s associates. At the end of the boxing match, one of Knight’s associates caught a glimpse of Orlando Anderson, an alleged gang member of the Crips Gang who had led a robbery against one of Tupac’s associates earlier that year. Having been told of Anderson’s presence, Tupac, with the help of Knight and his associates, found and assaulted Anderson; an event, which according to many led to Tupac’s death later that evening.
After assaulting Anderson, Tupac, Knight and both of their associates rode in an envoy, headed to Club 662. At about 11:00-11:05pm, on Las Vegas Boulevard, the metro bicycle police stopped the envoy because the cars’ music was too loud and the cars didn’t have number plates, which were found later in the boots. Soon the envoy would be released without having been ticketed. At about 11:10pm, before a red light at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane, two women pulled up on the envoy’s left side. Tupac, who was standing through the sunroof of his car, exchanged pleasantries with the women and even invited them to Club 662. At 11:15pm, an unknown group of people in a white, four-door, late model Cadillac pulled over at the envoy’s right side. The group fired a series of shots at Tupac’s car while he was standing through his car’s sunroof. Tupac received four gunshots; two in the chest, one in the thigh, another in the arm. The chest shots hit his right lung also, causing him to bleed profusely and internally. Six days later, on September 13 at 4:03pm, Tupac was pronounced dead. The official cause of his death was cardiopulmonary arrest and respiratory failure. He was only 25 years old.
Conspiracy Theories about Tupac’s Death
As far as conspiracy theories, there are some who believe that there were some unnamed people in the crime; notably, Orlando Anderson, the alleged gang member who robbed one of Tupac’s associates earlier that year, and Christopher Wallace, also known as ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ or ‘Biggie’, an east coast rapper and Tupac’s rival at the time. Indeed, six years after Tupac’s death, the LA Times published a story by investigative reporter Chuck Philips, titled “Who Killed Tupac Shakur?” A product of a yearlong research, Philips’ story suggested that Tupac’s murder was retaliation from a gang known as Southside Crips, whose member (Orlando Anderson) Tupac assaulted in 1996. The police didn’t consider Anderson a prime suspect in the murder; actually, Anderson died later on in an unrelated gang shooting. As for Biggie, who died about six months later after being shot four times, later evidence showed that he was in a studio recording music at the time of the murder. Biggie himself categorically denied the rumors.