Shock new claims have emerged over the death of rapper Tupac Shakur – almost 21 years after he was gunned down.
The star was fatally wounded following a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on 7 September 1996, and died in hospital five days later.
There were rumours Tupac’s murder had been caused by fellow rapper and rival Notorious B.I.G, but his death remains unsolved, with countless conspiracy theories surrounding his death, including claims he’s actually alive and well, living with an aunt in Cuba.
But allegations in a new book claim Tupac was actually killed by law enforcement. Tupac was shot four times in the chest, arm and thigh after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match.
Writing in Drugs As Weapons Against Us, author John Potash lifts the lid on claims Tupac was a target because he was politicising black street gangs in the US.
The book claims that American intelligence agencies were worried about gangs with a more political outlook, and saw Tupac at the forefront of the movement.
“In line with Tupac’s quote ‘I never had a record until I made a record’, police arrested him close to a dozen times on dubious charges, most of which were dismissed,” writes Potash.
“In Los Angeles, the FBI would accumulate a 4,000-page on Tupac.”
Tupac was trying to bring peace among the Bloods and Crips gangs in LA – and this worried law enforcement, according to the book, who described the gangs as “replacing Communism as the major subversive threat to America”.
Detective Russell Poole is claimed to have said the murders of Tupac, along with Biggie, were “well orchestrated and well planned out, radios being used… experienced police officers knew exactly what to do.”
Det Poole, formerly of the LAPD, died in August 2015 and investigated the death of The Notorious B.I.G.