In the three decades since the shooting, countless theories surfaced. Many fans found the whole situation suspicious. Tupac died in 1996. He got caught lacking while riding in a car driven by Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight. He died six days later.
It was a key event in the so-called East Coast vs. West Coast battle that was the backdrop for much of the hip-hop boom in the 1990s.
Many believe tupac’s shooter was Orlando Anderson, a member of the Crips gang who had recently robbed a member of Shakur’s entourage.
In his music, Shakur wrote about his relationship with the gangs and often spoke out against police brutality. He baked criticism of law enforcement into his lyrics and was often interviewed on national news programs where he spoke out against police harassment.
When he was 17, Shakur moved into Leila Steinberg’s house in Marin City, California. Steinberg acted as a literary mentor for the young rapper and encouraged him to read extensively. She even kept copies of the books that he enjoyed reading, such as J.D. Salinger’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
On September 7, 1996, Pac and Suge had just left a hotel where they had seen Anderson, a member of the Crips, fighting another person from Shakur’s entourage. Anderson and another member of his entourage were shot by the attackers. Shakur was hit four times, including in the chest and thigh. He died in hospital six days later.