This Day in Black History: Sept. 13, 1996

Rapper Tupac Shakur died of gunshot wounds on Sept. 13, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One of the most iconic faces and lyricists in hip hop, rapper Tupac Shakur died on Sept. 13, 1996, of gunshot wounds in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A drive-by shooting led to the 25-year-old’s still-unsolved murder, but the story of the rapper’s death stems back two years earlier.

Shakur was shot and seriously injured in November 1994 during an armed robbery in a Manhattan recording studio while he was working on his third album, Me Against the World. Deciding that New York City producer Sean “Diddy” Combs and rival rapper Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G” Wallace were behind the attack, Shakur’s allegations contributed to the East Coast vs. West Coast feud that defined the world of hip hop in the mid-1990s.

Two years later, on Sept. 7, 1996, Shakur and members of his entourage were involved in a small fight in the lobby of the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, where they had traveled for the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon boxing match.

Several hours later, as Shakur and the head of Death Row Records, Marian “Suge” Knight, were riding to the Death Row-owned Club 662 when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them at a stop light on Flamingo Road and fired gunshots at the vehicle.

Four shots struck Shakur, while one shot grazed Knight's head. The rapper was rushed to the University Medical Center where emergency surgery managed to save his life. Doctors announced that the rapper’s chances of recovery had improved in the following days, yet Shakur ultimately died of internal bleeding.

BET National News - Keep up to date with breaking news stories from around the nation, including headlines from the hip hop and entertainment world. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.   

(Photo: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.

By clicking Subscribe, you confirm that you have read and agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. You also agree to receive marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers) and other information from BET and the Paramount family of companies. You understand that you can unsubscribe at any time.