If anyone knows about Tupac Shakur's death, it's music producer, Suge Knight, who was sitting right next to the famous rapper when he was shot four times. The two were in Las Vegas, cruising in Knight's car, when Shakur became the victim of a drive-by shooting. Twenty years later, the theory that Shakur faked his own death and is actually hiding out somewhere, alive and well, still persists. Now Knight is weighing in on the conspiracy...
Knight Admits Tupac Could Still Be Alive
Record producer and co-founder of Death Row Records, Suge Knight, has shocked the world with his recent statements that Tupac Shakur could still be alive. Knight was the closest witness to what happened that fateful night twenty years ago, and he can't shake the feeling that his friend is still out there somewhere - and plenty of others agree.
Knight Announced His Suspicions On TV
Knight, who is now 52, appeared on the Fox special, 'Who Shot Biggie and Tupac?' with Ice-T and Soledad O'Brien. He spoke to the two from jail and shared his sensational theory that Tupac is indeed alive and well. The producer believes Tupac is now hiding out in a foreign country, afraid to make himself known in the USA again.
How Could He Deteriorate So Fast?
In the clip, which was obtained by TMZ, Knight can be heard explaining exactly why he thinks something was up with Tupac's alleged death in hospital. "I mean when I left that hospital, me and Pac was laughing and joking. So I don't see how someone can turn from doing well to doing bad," he confided.
The Hosts Were Shocked
Needless to say, it was a huge revelation, and both Ice-T and O'Brien probed further, asking Knight if he truly believed Tupac could be alive. "I'm gonna tell you with Pac, you never know," Knight responded. The bombshell was unexpected, as most people close to the rapper deny that his death was faked, including his own mother.
The Night That Claimed A Rapping Great
The night Tupac was shot started out fairly normally, for a famous rapper, anyway. On 7 September, 1996, he and Suge Knight attended the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon boxing match in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand Casino. It was after the fight that things started heating up, and the events would eventually lead to Tupac's death.
A Run-In With A Gangster
When the match had ended, Tupac and Knight found themselves in the lobby of the MGM Grand Casino, where they bumped into Crips gang member, Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson. Tupac, who had beef with the gangster, began a brawl which would see the night spiral out of control. Things were getting crazy, but nobody ever thought that it would end in death.
A Surprise Drive-By
The brawl that Tupac started with Orlando Anderson was eventually broken up, and all parties went their separate ways. But, later that night, tragedy struck. While Tupac was riding in Knight's black BMW as a passenger, a white Cadillac pulled up to the right side of their car and started firing gunshots. Tupac was shot four times.
Knight Tried His Best To Get Help
When Tupac was shot, Suge Knight swung into action with some quick thinking. Not wanting to hang around near the mysterious white Cadillac, he drove about a mile from the scene, where they were then discovered by police. After the police called for help, paramedics arrived within minutes. Tupac was taken to the hospital, seriously injured, but still alive.
He Was Still Shouting
Despite being shot four times - twice in the chest, once in the arm, and once in his thigh - Tupac was still alive and swinging after the incident. Still very distrusting of the police, he was yelling "f*ck you!" as they asked him who shot him. He was tended to by paramedics at the scene and then taken to the University Medical Center of South Nevada.
Who Did It?
Tupac's murder remains a mystery, and the true culprit was never found. Most argue that he was shot as a result of the infamous East Coast vs. West Coast feud. Tupac's former friend, Notorious B.I.G., was thought to be a major suspect. In a shocking turn of events, Biggie was also shot and killed just six months after Tupac's death.
Suge Knight Was Also Accused
Though Tupac and Suge Knight were friends, both professionally and casually, rumors started circulating that Knight wanted Tupac dead. The theory goes that Knight arranged the shooting after finding out that Tupac wanted to start his own record label. The people who believe this theory also find it suspicious that Knight was in the car, but avoided getting shot.
He Died, But The Theories Live On
Sadly, Tupac succumbed to his bullet wounds six days after being hospitalized. However, the whole world has since weighed in on what they believed was a conspiracy theory. Though his own mother, who sat by his hospital bed for days, insists he really did die, his friends and fans refuse to let the conspiracy theories rest.
There's Some Convincing Photos Out There
Accounts of Tupac "sightings" and very authentic-looking photos exist and they continue to be circulated online as proof that he is still alive. There is even a super realistic photo of Beyoncé cuddling the rapper. However, most of these have been dismissed by experts as convincing Photoshop jobs. We'd love it if Tupac and Beyoncé really were great friends!
Knight's Theories Are A Little Farfetched
Though Knight was a key witness and close friend of Tupac's, some of his recent theories are a bit 'out there.' He has also claimed that his ex-wife, along with former Death Row Records security chief, Reggie White Jr., were the ones who killed the rapper, though he insists he was the real target and Tupac simply got caught up in the fray.
A Broken Man
Locked up in prison, things aren't looking too great for Suge Knight these days. He is currently awaiting trial and faces murder and attempted murder charges for running his truck into two men at a burger stand. He is also facing robbery charges and charges for criminal threats against 'Straight Outta Compton' director, F. Gary Gray.
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