Former Death Row Bodyguard Explains How Gang Ties Led to Tupac’s Death

By Staff  |  04/28/2017

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There's been a number of stories regarding Tupac's death over the past two decades. But, the latest account comes from former Blood Piru gang member Mob James, who served as a bodyguard during Death Row Records' heyday.

In an interview filmed for a documentary covering the deaths of Pac and Biggie called Murder Rap, James points to the infamous confrontation in Las Vegas with the South Side Crips after the Mike Tyson/Bruce Seldon fight, as the incident that resulted in Pac's shooting.

He also added that if Suge Knight had told Pac to stay neutral in gang beefs, he'd probably been alive today.

"If 2Pac would have stand to the side and watched, and if Suge would have said, 'No you my money, you ain't finna get in no fight, get over there,' 2Pac would be still alive right now in the day," James said. "And this is the only reason why he died, he interfered in something he had no power in."

After the altercation, Pac was shot in a drive-by as he and Suge traveled down Las Vegas Blvd., just hours later. And, he died in the hospital six days later.

James believes that the trigger man was Crips member Orlando Anderson, who was ultimately killed two years later. While this isn't anything that hasn't been revealed before, James gives the theory pretty solid credibility.

Elsewhere in the interview, James says Tupac's attitude changed after he got comfortable hanging out the gang members associated with Death Row. Ultimately, he says this "led to his demise."