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Former Death Row Records CEO Claims He Knows Who Killed Tupac

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Music Editor
Updated: 4 April 2017
Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Snoop Dogg on April 7. Days before the ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y., Marion “Suge” Knight, the former Death Row Records CEO, has announced he knows who is responsible for the murder of Tupac during a drive-by in 1996.

As reported by Daily Mail, Knight claims his ex-wife, Sharitha, and former Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr. are the responsible parties, and that Knight himself was the primary target in the shooting. The statement came in the form of a signed affidavit courtesy of Knight’s attorney Thaddeus Culpepper.

While Knight has long remained silent on the issue, his comments come after the filmmakers, Richard Bond and Michael Douglas Carlin, behind the new documentary Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton shared the “salient points” of their findings to Culpepper, who then passed them along to his client. The film argues that an attempted coup at Tupac’s label Death Row Records led to the infamous Las Vegas shooting, and it reportedly caught Knight’s attention:

‘Suge’s initial response was, “Who the hell are these guys?”

‘He admitted to Culpepper that the theories in the movie were true,’ a source said.

Suge was so intrigued he sent his private investigators, to discover how the writers and directors found out about what happened.

While the idea of finally having an answer behind one of music’s biggest mysteries is appealing, for now, Knight’s allegations are just the latest update in a long-running series of theories and conspiracies, including that Tupac is still alive and currently residing in Cuba. Knight himself is also at the center of another unsolved hip-hop murder, having been accused to be the person behind the killing of Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G. Knight is currently in jail and facing up to life in prison after the hit-and-run murder that occurred following an incident on the set of Straight Outta Compton in Jan. 2015.

In other Tupac news, a pop-up restaurant modeled after the hip-hop legend’s culinary dreams will be arriving in New York’s Lower East Side this weekend. Southern restaurant Sweet Chick will be transformed into Powamekka Cafe by Tupac’s estate and the merchandising company Bravado, and will serve a menu containing an assortment of the artist’s favorite foods, including meatloaf, gumbo, and “his cousin Jamala’s fried chicken wings.”

Watch the trailer for Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton below.