Tupac Comes Out of Hiding Hoax

Yet another fake news website claims Tupac is alive

screenshot of satirical website


Iconic rapper Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996 of gunshot wounds sustained during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 25. The case was never solved, however, giving rise to any number of conspiracy theories about the circumstances of his death and rumors that he either survived the shooting or faked his own death and went into hiding.

Various Internet hoaxes have sprung up purporting to prove that Tupac is still alive. On April Fools' Day 2005, for example, a bogus CNN story appeared claiming he had been spotted strolling the streets of Beverly Hills. More recently, on August 28, 2014, the satirical website Huzlers.com posted a photo supposedly showing a 43-year-old Shakur posing with his arm around singer Beyonce.

Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: Aug. 2014
Status: False

The source of this story, the humor website Huzlers.com, describes its own content as "a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief"—and disbelief is the appropriate response. The image is a doctored version of a photo taken in 2012 of Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z. As for the accompanying text, it looks to have been written by a 12-year-old badly in need of remedial English lessons:

California, U.S. – Tupac Shakur who was supposedly killed at the age of 25 is now admitting he has been hiding this whole time. It was Shakur who in 1996 was reportedly attending a special event in Las Vegas, the Mike Tyson-Benson fight, and then afterwards was brutally murdered. A day or so later he is autopsied, then quickly cremated. There is no funeral. Nor is there any record of a tribute or memorial. Now we know exactly why it was because Tupac Shakur was never killed it is unclear why he has been hiding. This story is still under development but Tupac has already been spotted with Celebrities.

The better to mislead readers, the story was being promoted on a Facebook page titled "TMZ Breaking News," lending the impression that the actual source is celebrity gossip site TMZ.com. But while TMZ.com has been known to publish bogus "Tupac Is Alive!" reports in the past, it was not the source of this one. Similarly, the web address of the current story is given as http://tmznewsonline.com/tupacalive, but in fact the URL redirects to the actual source, Huzlers.com.