We've been getting a lot of feedback from our story earlier about The LA Police Department unsealing the 15 year old autopsy of Notrious B.I.G.
Our Twitter page has been flooded with the question "why?"
Well, it appears as though LAPD officials unsealed the report because, according to their statements, they hoped to generate new leads in the mystery.
The autopsy had been kept private at the request of investigators. But earlier today, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released the 23-page report, which provided details about the shooting.
“Investigators decided to release the autopsy to stimulate new interest in the case and hopefully produce new leads,” said Lt. Andrew Neiman.
The unexpected release of the autopsy after all this time caught the rap legend's family off guard. Family members said they were disheartened the case had still not been solved.
“They had no idea this happened,” said Perry Sanders Jr., a civil rights attorney who represents Wallace's mother and other relatives. “This is one of the highest profile murders in the world. This is about criminal justice.”
The shooting occurred outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Miracle Mile area as the rapper was leaving a music industry party. At the time of his death, Wallace was one of the biggest stars in rap music. Coroner's officials noted he arrived at Cedar's in full cardiac arrest and died a short time later.
His murder shocked the hip hop community, coming just months after the Las Vegas killing of another A-List artist, Los Angeles-based Tupac Shakur.
Once friends, the rappers became bitter rivals whose respective camps regularly traded violent barbs in song lyrics and in interviews. Shakur's murder also remains unsolved. Various theories have linked the two killings.
The FBI opened its own probe after Wallace's family accused the LAPD of covering up how the rapper actually died. Los Angeles police officials last year said they exhaustively searched for answers in the case without an arrest.
The LAPD has not disclosed any further details about the case.
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