It remains one of the most notorious murders in music history. One of the biggest black music stars in the US was gunned down in his car after a shocking drive-by shooting on the streets of Las Vegas. Six days later he died in hospital, followed by months of retaliatory violence and deaths between gangs and leading members of the rap community. Six months later, his fellow star and former friend turned bitter rival The Notorious BIG, real name Christopher Wallace, was also shot dead in another unsolved drive-by attack. Apart from numerous claimed sightings of Tupas alive and well, a film maker close to the family says he has evidence the rapper was warned of the attack and faked his own death.
The night of teh shooting, Tupac attended a Mike Tyson boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After the match, there was a fight in the lobby of the hotel when Tupac’s record label boss Suge Knight said he spotted a Crips gang member who had tried to rob him previously in a Footlocker store.
Tupac confronted Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson and then knocked him to the floor.
Later that night at around 11.15pm a white Cadillac car pulled alongside the rapper’s black BMW and shot were fired. Tupac was hit four times – in the arm, leg and twice in the chest – and one bullet entered his right lung.
Many believed Anderson and his Crips gang mates shot Tupac in revenge. Police investigations were hampered by lack of willing witnesses, including all those who had been with Tupac in the car. Even the star himself refused to co-operate with questioning immediately after the attack.
He was sedated and then placed into a medically induced coma at the hospital, Las Vegas’ University Medical Center (UMC), and died on September 13. His body was immediately cremated the following day.
An upcoming film claims to have support from Tupac’s own family for the extraordinary claims he arranged for a double to take his place in the car that night and fled to Navajo tribal lands where US police can not easily follow.
Of course, this also would mean that friends, family nd even hospital authorities colluded with the deception or were deceived.
Boss clains Tupac then fled across state borders: “When certain FBI agencies are looking for you, they are going to block the airport. So you can’t travel out so the best way to escape is through helicopter, private helicopter to another state.”
Some weight is given to his claims by the fact he knows leading rap figures G-Money and Snoop Dog, who collaborated with Tupac. Boss’ father also knew Tupac’s mother Afeni, dating back to their involvement in the Black Panther political Party.