The Tupac BMW
On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight, the then-chief executive of Death Row Records, attended a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, and then headed to a nightclub that Knight owned in a leased black 1996 BMW 750iL sedan. Along the way, a white Cadillac pulled alongside them, and an unidentified shooter fired, hitting both men, but wounding Shakur more seriously [source: Zekan]. Six days later, Shakur died in a Las Vegas hospital [source: Scott]. The killing remains unsolved.
Las Vegas police reportedly impounded the BMW after the shooting, and later sold it at auction [source: Wade]. It subsequently had several owners, one of whom restored and repaired it [source: Celebrity Cars]. The car reportedly was acquired in 2017 by Las Vegas-based Celebrity Cars, and was featured in a 2018 segment of the TV series Pawn Stars [source: Cooke, Pawn Stars]. As of April 2019, the BMW was listed for sale on its website with an asking price of $1.5 million. The seller notes that the car has been repainted and restored and is in excellent condition. It still bears a lone "small indentation" where one of the bullet holes may have been [source: Celebrity Cars].
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In the course of researching articles, I often come across tangents that don't necessarily make it into the final story, but which I find fascinating. This time, for example, I learned that verse about a fatal car accident in the Beatles song "A Day in the Life" was inspired by a Daily Mail article that John Lennon read in 1966 about the crash death of Guinness heir Tara Browne in London. Irish journalist Paul Howard published a 2016 biography of Browne and the hip 1960s London culture in which he lived, which I want to read at some point.
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