Lesane Parish Crooks (1971 - 1996) MP

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Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Death: Died in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Cause of death: respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds
Occupation: Rap artist
Managed by: Mandy Tan
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Immediate Family

    • Keisha
      ex-partner
    • Alice
      mother
    • William
      father
    • Jeral
      mother's ex-husband
    • Sekyiwa
      half sister
    • mother's ex-husband
    • Gus
      stepfather
    • Maurice
      mother's ex-husband's son
    • Nzingha
      mother's ex-husband's daughter
    • Chinua
      mother's ex-husband's son

About Lesane Parish Crooks

Born in Brooklyn under the name Lesane Parish Crooks, Tupac Shakur received the name with which he came to be known to the world from his mother (Black Panther activist Afeni Shakur) in tribute to Incan revolutionary Tupac Amaru. His biological father had separated from his mother before his birth, and his stepfather was imprisoned for armored car robbery when he was two years old, leaving his family to struggle frequently under conditions of extreme poverty. While a teenager in Baltimore, Tupac developed an interest in performance; eventually he managed to gain entrance to The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he studied acting and ballet. Before he could complete his education, however, he was forced to relocate to California.

While on the streets of Oakland, Shakur drifted into the gang life, accumulating a criminal record with eight arrests by the beginning of his twenties. In a more constructive vein, he began to developing the skills as a rapper he had first started to explore during his years in Baltimore. By 1991 he had landed a job as a dancer and roadie for the group Digital Underground, later making his recording debut on their This Is An EP Release; but by the end of the year a successful solo career was already underway with the release of 2Pacalypse Now. The following year his acting ambitions were realized through a prominent role in the hip-hop film Juice.

Both of his careers were to significant strides forward in the next couple of years: his second release, Strictly for my N.I.G.G.A.Z., reached #4 on the R&B charts and would eventually become his first platinum record, while a starring role opposite Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice (1993) extended his popularity further into the mainstream. His criminal record also made some strides forward: a assault charge brought by director Allen Hughes in 1993 resulted in a 15 day jail term in 1994, followed by a four-and-a-half year prison sentence for sexual assault later that same year. Around the time of the latter conviction, Shakur was robbed and shot in the lobby of a recording studio.

At start of 1995, while his release Me Against The World was dominating the pop and R&B charts, the rapper was busy serving the first eight months of his sentence. A $1.4M bond secured his parole, and work was started on his first album for Death Row Records, All Eyez on Me (1996). This double-record set brought his popularity to a new peak, again topping both the pop and R&B charts and quickly earning multi-platinum status. His acting profile was also being expanded by work in the feature films Bullet (1996), Gridlock'd (1997), and Gang Related (1997). Shakur would not live to see the results of the last two films, however: in what is suspected to be the culmination of a feud with rapper Notorious B.I.G., he was shot four times while in a car outside a Las Vegas hotel, eventually dying in the hospital after spending 6 days in a coma. Various other theories have also been put forward as to the motive behind his killing.

Source: NNDB

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Tupac Shakur's Timeline

1971
June 16, 1971
New York City, New York, USA
1996
September 13, 1996
Age 25
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA