B.I.G Autopsy Report: 4 Shots, One Fatal [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on December 7, 2012 3:16 PM EST

Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie Smalls was king of the rap game, until an assassin's bullet took his life. He was 24. (Photo: Reuters)

The Notorious B.I.G. was fatally shot to death on March 9, 1997. The B.I.G. autopsy report was released to the public today. The drive-by shooting was rumored to be the result of the heated East Coast/West Coast beef dominating the hip-hop world at the time. West Coast superstar TuPac Shakur was murdered six months prior in Las Vegas, sparking the debate that Biggie was killed in retaliation. Biggie's death marked a low point in the burgeoning American hip-hop scene, and was the beginning of the end of the violent feud. Two years later, the rappers' mothers made a landmark appearance at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

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The B.I.G. autopsy report reveals the gruesome details of the star's final moments. The B.I.G. autopsy report describes how Biggie was shot a total of four times, and marks the trajectory of each bullet. Each of the four shots traveled through the door of the Chevy Suburban he was riding in. The first gunshot struck B.I.G. in the left forearm and traveled down to his wrist. The second hit the rapper in the back and missed all his vital organs and exited through his left shoulder.

The third shot hit his outer left thigh and traveled to his inner left thigh. "The projectile strikes the left side of the scrotum, causing a very shallow, 3/8 inch linear laceration," the report said.

The fourth shot was the deadly bullet, according to the B.I.G. autopsy report. It tore through his colon, liver, heart and lungs. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital where doctors performed a thoracotomy in an attempt to repair the significant internal damage caused by the shooting. He was pronounced dead the same day.

Other details in the B.I.G. autopsy report include a notation that the star was "morbidly obese" and bloodwork that revealed Biggie had no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of death.

The B.I.G. autopsy report provides no real insight into who committed the murder, which is still unsolved. Because of the high-profile nature of his death, there are numerous conspiracies about who did it and why, including allegations of police corruption (or at the very least, gross incompetence).

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