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Some may not find this surprising.
It's been nearly 18 years since the world said goodbye to legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, however new information about his death continue to be released. The latest comes from Chris Carroll, a retired sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, who revealed in a new feature with Vegas Seven what 2pac's alleged last words were.
Although Tupac is also known for writing poetry, his final words were less of an ode to deep and insightful works and more of a big middle finger to authority.
"He looked at me, and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth," Carroll said. "And then the words came out: 'F--k you.'"
After leaving a Mike Tyson boxing match in Las Vegas with former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight on Sept. 7, 1996, the rapper and his bodyguards got into a scuffle with 21-year-old gang member Orlando Anderson in the lobby of the MGM Grand casino.
Later that night, a white Cadillac pulled up beside Knight and Shakur while they were stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane, and one man began shooting out of the back window. Carroll, who worked with the city's bike patrol unit and was watching the same boxing match, was the first officer to respond.
"I grab the car door and I'm trying to open it, but I can't get it open," he says. "[Knight] keeps coming up on my back, so I'm pointing my gun at him. I'm pointing it at the car. I'm yelling, 'You guys lay down! And you, get the f--k away from me!' And every time I'd point the gun at him, he'd back off and even lift his hands up, like 'All right! All right!'
"So I'd go back to the car, and here he comes again. I'm like, 'F--ker, back off!' This guy is huge, and the whole time he's running around at the scene, he's gushing blood from his head. Gushing blood! I mean the guy had clearly been hit in the head, but he had all his faculties. I couldn't believe he was running around and doing what he was doing, yelling back and forth."
Once Carroll was able to open the car door, he was greeted by Tupac's limp body.
"So I grabbed him with my left arm, and he falls into me, and I've still got my gun in the other hand," he continues. "He's covered with blood, and I immediately notice that the guy's got a ton of gold on—a necklace and other jewelry—and all of the gold is covered in blood. That has always left an image in my mind. . . After I pulled him out, Suge starts yelling at him, 'Pac! Pac!' And he just keeps yelling it. And the guy I'm holding is trying to yell back at him. He's sitting up and he's struggling to get the words out, but he can't really do it. And as Suge is yelling 'Pac!,' I look down and I realize that this is Tupac Shakur."
Carroll continued, "And then I saw in his face, in his movements, all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed," he says. "And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an 'I'm at peace' type of thing. Just like that...He went from fighting to 'I can't do it.' And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he's looking right in my eyes.
"And that's when I looked at him and said one more time, 'Who shot you?'...He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: 'F**k you.' After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness."
Tupac was rushed to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died six days later.