One of the best and most influential rappers out there, the murder of Tupac Shakur definitely left a void in the music industry. Check out his Last Photo taken after the jump.
Tupac was one of the first rappers who successfully dabbled in acting. It’s commonplace now but back then, it was a big deal. He got nods and even a nomination for outstanding actor. Anyway, the image you see before you is the Last Photo taken of rapper Tupac Shakur alive. It was right after the Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon boxing match in Las Vegas back in September 7, 1996.
One of the angles in Tupac’s unsolved murder case is related to his gang ties and the scuffle he was in the same night. Rival gang member Orlando Anderson was spotted in the MGM Grand lobby the night of the murder and Tupac and his associates ganged up on him. After the brawl, Tupac and producer Suge Knight were on the way to the latter’s establishment, Club 622.
Here’s the CCTV video taken inside the MGM Grand, capturing the brawl between Tupac’s entourage and Anderson.
While en route, Tupac’s car stopped at a red light and a photographer took his last living image that you see here. Less than a half-hour later, a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac pulled up and rained bullets on their car, hitting Tupac in the chest, pelvis, his right hand and thigh. Both of them were rushed to the hospital and Tupac was in critical condition. Six days later, he succumbed to respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds.
Until now, there’s only speculation and conspiracies regarding his murder and it remains unsolved and a cold case. Why was Tupac, whose every picture captured him smiling, look so somber in the Last Photo? Why did he leave his bullet-proof vest at home, something that he always wears during that time? We’re all left with questions that may never be answered. The only thing we can do is learn from the lessons he’s left us. Ironic isn’t it, that his most famous quote is “Live by the gun die by the gun.”
Rest in Peace.
If you enjoyed this article, why not take a look at other last photographs in the Last But Not the Least series so far? Also, look forward to more installments of the series for the rest of the week!
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