#20 Tupac Shakur
Born: June 16th, 1971
Died: September 13th, 1996
Age at death: 25
Cause of death: Gunshot wounds
On September 7th, 1996, at about 11:15 p.m. at a stop light on Las Vegas Boulevard, an occupant of a late-model Cadillac sedan rapidly fired into the car carrying Tupac Shakur. The rapper was struck four times: once in the arm, once in the thigh, and twice in the chest, with one bullet entering his right lung.
Shakur was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada where he was heavily sedated and put on life support. In the intensive-care unit on the afternoon of September 13, 1996, Shakur died from internal bleeding. Years after his death, investigative journalist Chuck Philips revealed that Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, a Southside Compton Crip, was the one who fired the gunshots that killed Shakur.
Better known by his stage name 2Pac and by his alias Makaveli, Shakur is considered by many to be one of the most influential rappers of all time, as several of his works has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities. Shakur’s most popular songs include California Love, Dear Mama, Changes, and Hit Em Up, among many others.