There are still a lot of mysteries surrounding the death of rap legend Tupac Shakur and what happened to him on that fateful night in 1996.
The "Changes" hit maker died after sustaining injuries during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7, 1996 — and while his killer still remains unknown — according to police officer Chris Carroll's accounts, we may now know what Shakur's final words could have been.
Carroll was one of the first respondents on the scene after Shakur had been fatally wounded. The officer pulled Shakur from the passenger seat of the car and tried to ask the rapper who shot him.
"I'm asking him, 'Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?' And he was just kind of ignoring me. He was making eye contact with me here and there, but he's trying to yell at Suge [Knight, Tupac's friend and record label boss]. And I kept asking over and over, 'Who did this? Who shot you?' And he basically kept ignoring me," Carroll revealed to Vegas Seven.
However, the officer then realized that Shakur, who was just 25 years old at the time of his death, was not going to live much longer — he died six days later in hospital.
"All of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed. And he went from struggling to speak to an 'I'm at peace' type of thing. Just like that. I looked at him and said one more time, 'Who shot you?'" Carroll continued.
"He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, then the words came out: 'F*** you.' After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness."
Shakur died of internal bleeding on Sept. 13, but his musical influences and personal life have continued to inspire generations of aspiring musicians.
So why has Carroll only decided to open up about this now?
"... I didn't want Tupac to be a martyr or hero because he told the cops 'F*** you.' I didn't want to give him that," Carroll confessed. "I didn't want people to say, 'Even when the chips were down, his life on the line, he still said 'F*** you,' he still wouldn't talk to the police."
"I didn't want him to be a hero for that. And now enough time has passed, well, he's a martyr anyway; he's viewed as a hero anyway. My story, at this point, isn't going to change any of that."
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