Long-Sealed Notorious B.I.G. Autopsy Released

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)

(CBS/AP)-- Authorities have released a long-sealed autopsy report showing that rapper Notorious B.I.G. was shot four times in a 1997 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that remains unsolved.

The report describes one of the shots as fatal to the rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace. That shot tore through his left lung, heart and colon. He was 24.

According to TMZ, the detailed report reveals that Wallace was shot four times. The first bullet hit his forearm. The second one, which hit his back before exiting through his shoulder, missed all of his vital organs. The third bullet struck Wallace's left thigh.

The final fourth bullet was the fatal one, according to the report. It went through the rapper's right hip and affected several major organs. The bullets struck the vehicle's passenger door before hitting Wallace.

The killing has been the subject of police and FBI investigations and remains one of Los Angeles' highest-profile unsolved homicides. Wallace was killed after leaving a music industry event.

Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey says a security hold placed on the report's release was lifted last week.

A phone message left for an attorney who represents Wallace's family and widow, Faith Evans, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.


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