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The Mysterious Death Of Tupac Shakur

Who killed Tupac?

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After nearly 20 years, the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur remains unsolved. So, what happened to Tupac and who are the major suspects in his murder? We thought we'd try and find out:

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On Sept. 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur attended a Mike Tyson boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tupac was accompanied by Suge Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records, which was Tupac's label at the time.

On his way out, Tupac and his bodyguard began fighting with Orlando Anderson, a member of the Compton-based Southside Crips. After the fight broke up, Tupac left the hotel with Suge Knight. They went to Suge Knight's house and then headed to Club 662, but they never made it.

While they were stopped at a traffic light, a white Cadillac pulled up next to their car and opened fire. The shooter hit Tupac four times and grazed Suge Knight's head. Tupac was taken to a nearby hospital and put on life support. He died six days later on Sept. 13, 1996. He was only 25 years old.

In 2014, 18 years after the shooting, Chris Carroll, a now-retired Las Vegas Police Department sergeant, came forward to say he was first at the scene. According to Carroll, when he opened the door and asked Tupac who shot him, Tupac responded, "Fuck you," making those his last words before slipping into unconsciousness.

The LVPD never arrested or charged anyone for the murder and the case currently remains unsolved. They also failed to follow up with Yaki Kadafi, a member of Tupac's entourage who claimed he could ID the killer. And Kadafi can no longer be interviewed, as he was killed two months after the shooting.


So what are the theories revolving around this mysterious shooting? The first comes from Chuck Philips, a former L.A. Times journalist. Philips believes that Orlando Anderson, the Crips, and Biggie Smalls are responsible for the murder.

But why would Biggie want Tupac dead? Well, Biggie's yearlong feud with Tupac was no secret. Biggie repped the East Coast while Tupac repped the West Coast. The two had several reported verbal altercations and also released diss tracks bashing each other. In one song, "Hit ’Em Up", Tupac even went as far as to claim he slept with Biggie's wife.


According to Poole, another potentially incriminating fact for Suge Knight was that instead of immediately leaving with everyone else after the brawl, he stopped and made a phone call. He also insisted Tupac ride in his car.


Davis said, "Orlando rolled down the window, and popped him. If they would have drove on my side, I would have popped them." Davis claimed Diddy's motive was defensive, as he was afraid Suge was put a hit on him first. Tupac was only included because Diddy had beef with him after he released "Hit ’Em Up."

The fourth theory is that Tupac was killed by the Jewish Defense League, an extremist pro-Israel group. The FBI collected potential threats against Tupac from the JDL, but was never able to make a clear link.

The last and perhaps craziest theory is that Tupac faked his own death. As recently as 2015, a (admittedly unreliable) website reported that a man named David Myers assisted Tupac in faking his death with the help of Suge Knight. Some people subscribe to this theory and think that Tupac is alive and well in Cuba.

Despite all the theories, we cannot know for sure who killed Tupac Shakur. Comment below your own theory! And don't miss next week's episode of BuzzFeed Unsolved, where we cover the death of the Biggie Smalls.