A "recent" selfie claiming that the rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot dead in 1996, is alive went viral on social media in August. However, the police officer who was present on the scene when the rapper died in 1996 has said that 2Pac is not alive and fans can ignore the viral selfie.
Chris Carroll, the police officer who is now retired, told Mail Online that the rapper was bleeding heavily on the night of Sept. 7, 1996. Before he slipped into unconsciousness, he said "F*** you," revealed Carroll.
Shakur was shot on the night of Sept. 7, and died six days later, but conspiracy theories stating that the rapper is alive keeps doing the rounds. These theories gain momentum, especially during his death anniversary.
The latest theory also stated that the rapper is alive 20 years after his death. The viral selfie, which claimed that the rapper is alive, features a man with close resemblance to the rapper. The man is seen wearing a red bandana (scarf) on his head just like Shakur.
But Carroll said he is amazed that all the fans are believing that 2Pac is alive.
"Tupac is dead. I saw him lose consciousness and lose his life 20 years ago. I still find it astonishing that fans and people believe that Tupac is alive. This new video does nothing to change my mind. There are look-alikes all over the world and this may be another one or a hoax," Carroll told Mail Online.
"Tupac was losing his fight, but he kept looking at Suge, who was growing more frantic and screaming at him. At this stage I felt that he was unlikely to survive, so I attempted to take a dying declaration from him. I asked him "Who shot you? Who did this? What happened?" repeatedly," he said, describing what happened after Shakur was shot.
"Tupac didn't even acknowledge that I was talking to him, as he was staring at Suge over my shoulder. Then he finally moved his line of sight from Suge, glared at me, mustered the energy to take as deep as breath as possible and said, 'F*** you. His eyes rolled back, and then he started gargling and choking before he looked back at Suge," he added.