Earlier this evening it was reported that Suge Knight’s shooter resembled slain rapper Tupac Shakur who was murdered in 1996. This assertion is false.
This bit of fabricated journalism was made public by the lampooning news website called Empire News, which contains an ‘About/Disclaimer’ with athe admission that, “Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.” The fake news item alleges that several witnesses to the Suge Knight shooting claimed the gunman resembled legendary slaughtered rapper Tupac Shakur.
Many of these false articles mix the truth of a recent event with a little disinformation. This makes the falsehood more believable, and combined with the absence of comicality, satire becomes deception. It is true that Suge Knight was shot multiple times on Saturday at a West Hollywood nightclub party hosted by Chris Brown and Pia Mia, but the Tupac Shakur aspect is fabricated, and the police currently suspect that the shooting is gang related.
Tupac Shakur was killed in September of 1996 in a drive-by shooting in which he was also shot multiple times. Knight was in the car at the time Shakur was shot, yet was not seriously injured. Coincidentally, Knight has been presently working on a new film about Tupac. Ever since 1996, there have been urban myths whispered that Tupac Shakur faked his death and is still alive. Some of these conspiracies even incriminate Knight in Shakur’s shooting. The Empire News feature plays on all of these elements.
Witnesses did not see a gunman that resembled Tupac Shakur during the recent shooting of Suge Knight. The spiel is fake news that exploits conspiracy theories that have persisted since Shakur’s killing in 1996.