Tupac Shakur

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(musician, activist, poet)
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BornLesane Parish Crooks
East Harlem, New York, U.S.
Died1996-09-13 (Age 25)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Cause of death
Victim ofassassination
Interest ofJohn Potash
Internationally known rap musician. Assassinated

Tupac Shakur was an internationally known rap musician. He was shot dead aged 25.


Tupac's parents Afeni Shakur and father Billy Garland were active members of the Black Panthers. His stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, spent four years at large on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list beginning in 1982. Mutulu was wanted for having helped his friend (no relation) Assata Shakur (also known as Joanne Chesimard), Tupac's godmother, to escape from a penitentiary in New Jersey in 1979.


On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died from his injuries six days later.[2]

John Potash alleges in his book, The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders that Tupac Shakur was assassinated by the FBI because of the political messages of his videos, especially the anti-war content. He states that the FBI attempted to assassinate Tupac at least 4 times before. He links Tupac's murder to a larger pattern of assassinations, including Fred Hampton, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King,[3] which were in the timeframe of the cointelpro operation.

The documentary, Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders, which is based on a book by former LAPD detective Greg Kading, suggests that Shakur's killing was organised by another competing rapper.[4]


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