15 years after the death of rap superstar, TUPAC SHAKUR, startling new facts come to light about his life and death!
His birth name, as evidenced on the coroner’s report, was "Lesane Parish Crooks".
Tupacs’s parents, mom Afeni Shakur, and his dad, Billy Garland, were active members of the revolutionary black order, The Black Panther Party during the 1960s and early 1970s.
Tupac was born June 16, 1971 — just one month after his mother's acquittal on more than 150 charges of "Conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks" in the New York Panther 21 court case.
Tupac’s stepfather, Mutulu, spent four years at large on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for his part in helping his sister Assata Shakur aka Joanne Chesimard escape from a penitentiary in New Jersey, where she had been imprisoned for killing a state trooper to death in 1973.
Tupac at age 12 enrolled in the 127th Street Repertory Ensemble of Harlem and was cast in the play "A Raisin in the Sun" which was performed at the famed Apollo Theater.
His family moved to Baltimore where he shone as the Mouse King in Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker"
During his time at the Baltimore Scholl of Arts, he became pals with a young Jada Pinkett who later married Will Smith. Their friendship lasted until his death.
In the documentary film "Tupac: Resurrection" Tupac went on the record, saying, "Jada is my heart. She will be my friend for my whole life," and Jada Pinkett Smith called him "one of my best friends. He was like a brother. It was beyond friendship for us. The type of relationship we had, you only get that once in a lifetime."
Despite his Thug Life gangsta stage persona, Tupac was a voracious reader inspired by a wide variety of writers, including Shakespeare, Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Kurt Vonnegut and Khalil Gibran.
He believed in Karma but rejected organized religion and the concept of an afterlife.
As he rose to prominence as an actor and rapper, Tupac’s legal problems mounted.
In November 1993, Shakur and others were charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room. According to the complaint, Shakur sodomized the woman and then encouraged his friends to sexually abuse her.
On the night of November 30, 1994, the day before the verdict in his sexual abuse trial was to be announced, Shakur was shot five times and robbed after entering the lobby of Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan by two armed men in army fatigues.
In light of the heated East Coast-West Coat rap war rivalry that often exploded in violence Tupac accused several rapper including Biggie Smalls (who was later murdered) of setting him up.
Bellevue Hospital doctors who treated Tupac for the shooting said he had received five bullet wounds; twice in the head, twice in the groin and once through the arm and thigh.
He checked out of the hospital, against doctor's orders, three hours after surgery and returned to the sex abuse trial where he was found guilty of three counts of molestation, but innocent of six others, including sodomy.
Shakur began serving his sentence on February 14, 1995. While behind bars, he released his multi-platinum album "Me Against the World" becoming the first artist to ever havean album at number one on the Billboard charts while serving a prison sentence.
On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times in Las Vegas.
He died 6 days later on September 13th of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.
Despite his death, Tupac's music continued to live on as his controversial life and death seemed to fade from the public eye.
Financial mag Forbes cited him as a Top Earning Dead Celebrity, reporting Shakur's estate made $15 million in 2008.