Today in History: Tupac Shakur died 19 years ago today

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It's hard to believe that it has been 19 years that famed rapper, Tupac Amaru Shakur, passed away after being fatally shot in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On the evening of September 13, 1996,Tupac stopped at a red light with rapper Suge Knight driving the car. Tupac stood through the sunroof to talk to people in the next lane when a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac pulled up to the sedan's right side, rolled down a window, and rapidly fired gunshots at Tupac.

Tupac was later brought to the hospital where he was declared dead after his body started hemorrhaging blood and doctors were unable to stop the internal bleeding. The official cause of death was noted as respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds.


At just 25-years-old, Tupac was at the height of his hip-hop career. He had sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the most successful musicians of all-time. With hit songs like "California Love," I Get Around," "Hail Mary," and "Dear Mama," Tupac was clearly more than a rapper, he was a superstar. He was also the first artist to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 with "Me Against the World," while serving a prison sentence.

Not only was Tupac a musician, but he was an all around artist having written poetry books like "The Rose That Grew From Concrete," and also starred in movies like "Above the Rim," and "Juice."


After starting his entertainment career as backup dancer for The Digital Underground, Tupac was ready to take the world by storm, and that he did. While it is safe to say Tupac was one of the most controversial rappers of his time, he is also one of the greatest rappers to ever live.

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Today in History: Tupac Shakur died 19 years ago today
In this photo taken Tuesday, June 12, 2012, a video image of the Tupac Shakur hologram is displayed on a computer monitor at the Subtractive Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. When Tupac Shakur rose from the stage in the California desert earlier this year, it was not only a jaw-dropping resurrection, but also the beginning of a new form of live entertainment. Stars wield extensive control over how their names, voices and images are used after they die through likeness, trademark and copyright protections, and now holograms offer them yet another consideration.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: A hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performs onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper Snoop Dogg (L) and a hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur perform onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper Snoop Dogg (L) and a hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur perform onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: A hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performs onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper Snoop Dogg (L) and a hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur perform onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper Snoop Dogg (L) and a hologram of deceased Tupac Shakur perform onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper Snoop Dogg (L) and a hologram of deceased Tupac Shakur perform onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
In this photo taken Tuesday, June 12, 2012, video images of the Tupac Shakur hologram are displayed on a computer monitor at the Subtractive Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. When Tupac Shakur rose from the stage in the California desert earlier this year, it was not only a jaw-dropping resurrection, but also the beginning of a new form of live entertainment. Stars wield extensive control over how their names, voices and images are used after they die through likeness, trademark and copyright protections, and now holograms offer them yet another consideration. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In this photo taken Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Dylan Brown, left, founder of The Yard Entertainment, and Philip Atwell, owner of Geronimo Films, pose with models of the Tupac Shakur hologram at the Subtractive Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. When Tupac Shakur rose from the stage in the California desert earlier this year, it was not only a jaw-dropping resurrection, but also the beginning of a new form of live entertainment. Stars wield extensive control over how their names, voices and images are used after they die through likeness, trademark and copyright protections, and now holograms offer them yet another consideration. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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