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Fifteen years after his death, the Notorious B.I.G.’s autopsy report reveals that he was struck by four bullets, with the final shot delivering the fatal blow. TMZ published the never-before-released report today.
The rapper was murdered March 9, 1997 as he sat in an SUV, as he left a party at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles held after the Soul Train Awards. The murder has not been solved, with a number of different theories circulating, including that Death Row Records’ Suge Knight ordered the hit to avenge the death of Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in 1996.
The autopsy report revealed that Biggie Smalls, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was first hit in the forearm, then in the back with the shot exiting his left shoulder, on his outer thigh with the bullet leaving through his inner thigh, and then with a fourth bullet that entered through his right hip and hit several vital organs before stopping in his left shoulder.
Wallace was rushed to the nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was pronounced dead less than an hour after the shooting occurred.
A number of posthumous releases by Wallace solidified his reputation as one of the top rappers, and in 2006, MTV ranked him at No. 3 in “The Greatest MCs of All Time.”
In 2009, Fox Searchlight released “Notorious,” a biopic about Wallace’s life.