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Today in Hip-Hop: Tupac Shakur Shot on the Las Vegas Strip

On this day, Sept. 7, in hip-hop history…

Biggie & Tupac

1996: It was a night that would go down in hip-hop infamy forever. On the night of Sept. 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was shot outside the Las Vegas strip after attending the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. ‘Pac had been riding in the passenger seat of a BMW sedan driven by Death Row CEO Suge Knight when a white, late-model Cadillac with an unknown amount of passengers pulled up to Knight’s sedan right side, rolled down a window, and rapidly fired gunshots at Shakur. Tupac was struck in the chest, pelvis, his right hand and thigh. After the attack, the assaulting vehicle sped off into the night and ‘Pac was rushed to University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Seven day later, Tupac succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 13, 1996. Suge Knight suffered minor injuries from the attack but survived.

After ‘Pac’s death, many diehard fans speculated as to whether or not the “California Love” rapper was really dead. Over the years, there have been conspiracy theories that Pac used the shooting as a way to fake his own death and some believe his still alive today due to tidbits of information like blurry videos or pictures. In 2014, Suge Knight even said Tupac was still alive.

“Tupac not dead. He somewhere on an island smoking a Cuban cigar,” said Suge in an impromptu interview with TMZ.

In the 20 years since the fatal shooting, Tupac’s murder still remains unsolved.

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