When Did Tupac Die? Like other musical legends Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur still has fans who believe he faked his death to escape his public life. Others believe 2pac died in a hail of bullets on the Las Vegas Strip because of an East/West Coast hip hop conflict or due to an assault on a Crips member. Several documentaries have posed theories that The Notorious B.I.G. or Suge Knight called for the hit. Now, more than fifteen years after his death, the mysteries surrounding Tupac’s shooting will likely never be solved, but the details of his last days have been widely reported.
After the Mike Tyson–Bruce Seldon fight on September 7, 1996, Tupac, Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and their entourage made their way out of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the lobby, the group sighted Southside Crips member Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, and attacked him in full view of the hotel’s video surveillance camera. Reportedly, the beating was payback for a robbery of a Death Row member.
Shortly before 11 p.m., Tupac and Suge climbed into Knight’s black BMW sedan to drive to Club 662. After a brief stop by Metro police for not displaying their license plates, the car paused at a red light. Other members of the entourage were in nearby cars. Shakur had popped out of the sunroof to talk with two women in another car, when a white, late-model Cadillac pulled up alongside their right side at 11:15 p.m. Bullets rang out from a window and hit him in chest, pelvis, thigh, and right hand.
Tupac Shakur was taken to the nearby University Medical Center of Las Vegas, where he was resuscitated in the trauma center. He had two liters of blood removed from his chest cavity and placed on life support. Doctors then removed his right lung. The next day, he underwent two additional surgeries and was placed in barbiturate-induced coma. Five days later, doctors could not stop the internal bleeding. Afeni Shakur, his mother, made the decision to stop the doctor’s efforts to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m. on September 13, 1996. No one has ever been formally charged with Shakur’s murder.
Tupac Shakur was only 25 years old at the time of his death, but his artistic legacy remains very much alive. He has the distinction of having released more albums after his death than during his lifetime because of a large catalogue of 200 unreleased songs. In 2002, he placed number ten on Forbes’ Magazine’s list of top earning dead celebrities, having sold 2.7 million albums that year with earnings estimated at $7 million. Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) announced that an “Untitled Tupac Shakur Project” would begin filming later in the year, with a 2013 release date. In June 2010, the Library of Congress added Tipac’s song “Dear Mama” to their holdings, ensuring he remains a part of American history.
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