Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur, who died age 25 on 13th September 1996, six days after being brutally gunned down in Las Vegas. His murder has never been solved, and fans of ‘Pac have spent years convinced that the rapper is still alive.
From witness protection to Christ-like resurrection, some of the theories have been pretty wild and suggest that there was more to Tupac’s death than we know. We’ve put together five of the craziest conspiracy theories that just might be true:
1. He's alive and living under the name Makaveli
Some people believe that Tupac is now living under his stage name, Makaveli. The name is taken from an Italian war strategist, Niccolò Machiavelli, who faked his own death.
But the name Makaveli also spell out the words ‘Am alive K’. Is it a hidden message from the rapper that he's still alive?
2. His body was cremated too quickly after he died
Tupac’s body was apparently cremated the day after he died (14th September). Record producer, Suge Knight, claimed it cost him $3 million to do it, though it isn’t clear why it would cost that much.
To make things even weirder, the person who performed the cremation disappeared afterwards and has never been heard from since!
3. Tupac is alive and living in Cuba/New Zealand/All over the world
Some fans believe that Tupac faked his own death and is alive and living in Cuba where his Aunt Assata lives. Another story circulating back in 2011 on American station PBS claimed the rapper was spotted in ‘a small resort’ in New Zealand, but it later turned out to be a hoax.
Since then, there have been a number of apparent sightings of Tupac in various places around the world. We're they really him? If not there are some convincing look-a-likes out there.
4. The number 7
The number 7 makes a lot of appearances in Tupac’s music and life. Often associated with religious texts, it's a highly spiritual number. Some Tupac theorists believe that ‘Pac may have died, but had a Christ-like resurrection seven days after his death.
We're not sure about this one.
5. He's living under witness protection
Our last theory involves Tupac being taken into witness protection by the FBI. Theorists claim that he helped the FBI in 1996 to investigate his former record company, Death Row Records, founded by Suge Knight.
While this theory is a bit more feasible given Tupac’s history with the label and Knight’s links to crime, the story sounds a bit too similar to some of the gangsta themed Hollywood films which he starred in when he was alive.