Few deaths have had a decades-long lasting impact on the hip-hop community such as the untimely passing of arguably its greatest, Tupac Shakur.
Stripped away from the world at the promising age of 25, old and new fans have continued to lift the the rap legend up each year in their thoughts and memories. Though ‘Pac’s death left a permanent scar on the hearts of hip-hop, a former police officer believes his newly revealed intel can bring closure to the tragic loss, according to LAD Bible.
In an interview with TODAY Australia on Sunday (June 16), ex-LAPD detective Greg Kading discussed never-before-shared details surrounding Tupac’s and Biggie's murders in 1996 and 1997. Kading investigated both incidents during his time in the police force.
Speaking from Los Angeles via a video call, the former detective alleged that Crips gang member Orlando Anderson was the gunman who fired the fatal bullet that took Tupac’s life. Anderson has long been linked to the rapper’s death as a prime suspect over the years. However, no one has ever been officially charged for 'Pac's murder in the 22 years following his death. In 2016, Kading also claimed that Bad Boy Records founder Diddy was behind the “Hit ‘Em Up” rapper’s death. Now, he points to evidence gathered during the case as the cause behind his changed stance.
"All of the facts and evidence point to one thing and one thing only," Kaden said. "They recognize that also, and we've all embraced each other and recognize this to be the conclusive and definitive truth behind the murders. Anderson was the guy that Tupac had a fight with earlier that evening and he came back and retaliated with his crew."
The two rivals came to blows in a Las Vegas hotel lobby after a boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon. Following that, Tupac and former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight were shot at in a drive-by while stopped at a red light.
At the time, the attack was widely speculated to have been carried out by Orlando and some of his associates. Despite surviving the initial shooting, the rap icon succumbed to his wounds at the hospital. He died on September 13.
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