Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#20 Tupac Shakur

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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.

Interesting facts about BTS
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  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
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