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The vehicle that Tupac Shakur was in when he was shot and killed in Las Vegas.
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The last photo taken of Tupac Shakur before he was murdered by an unknown assailant. Suge Knight is driving the car.
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Victim(s): Tupac Shakur,
Written by: Amanda Peukert
On September 7, 1996 rapper Tupac Shakur left the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. He then entered the passenger’s seat of a car driven by record-label head Suge Knight. At about 11:15 p.m. while waiting at a red light on Flamingo Road, a white Cadillac pulled up alongside Shakur’s vehicle and began shooting. Of the 12 bullets fired, four penetrated Tupac’s body: one to the arm, one to the thigh, and two to his chest — a single bullet penetrating his right lung. Though the rapper survived the initial attack and was thought by doctors to be recovering, Tupac succumbed to his wounds six days later at 4:03 p.m. at the University Medical Center. His body was supposedly cremated the next day. He was 25 years old.
Though Tupac’s murder remains unsolved, there are countless theories as to who’s responsible for his death. In the moments prior to Tupac’s departure from the MGM Grand hotel, he and his entourage were seen engaging in a scuffle in the hotel lobby. The man with whom Tupac and his group fought that night was later identified as Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, a Southside Compton Crip. Speculators believe it was Anderson — in a blatant and successful attempt at revenge — who shot Tupac. Anderson, too, was murdered 18 months later. Still, hundreds of alternate theories and conspiracies continue to circulate about the murder of Tupac Shakur, the most popular being that he isn’t deceased at all, but rather enjoying a reclusive life in Cuba. He’d be 49 years old.
Though Tupac technically died at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the shooting took place at the stoplight on East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. The YouTube video linked below accurately showcases the location.
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