Suge Knight will once again revisit his long-held view that Tupac may still be alive when FOX airs its investigative crime special Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? this Sunday (September 24).
In an exclusive clip obtained by TMZ, hosts Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien speak to Suge Knight over the phone from the Los Angeles County Jail, where he is currently incarcerated. During the brief exchange, Knight questions how Tupac’s health deteriorated so quickly in hospital, claiming to have been “laughing and joking” with him after the infamous shootout in Las Vegas in September of 1996.
“When Pac died, if he really did [laughs], you know?” Knight says before O’Brien interjects.
“If he really died? What do you mean by that?” she asks.
“I mean when I left that hospital, me and Pac was laughing and joking,” Knight replies. “So I don’t see how somebody can turn from doing well, to doing bad.”
“So you seriously think he might still be alive,” O’Brien says while shaking her head, to which Suge Knight replies: “I’m gonna tell you this: with Pac, you never know.”
Tupac was shot in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. He died six days later on September 13. As with the slaying of The Notorious B.I.G., which took place six months later, the murder of Tupac Shakur remains unsolved.
The theory that Tupac may still be alive has been outlined numerous times by Suge Knight in recent years.
In 2012, Knight claimed that no one saw Tupac dead and alluded to the idea that the rapper may still be alive.
“Maybe the question is that Pac really not dead. Pac’s somewhere else,” Knight said during an interview with 93.5 KDAY in Los Angeles. “I mean it’s the truth if you really look at it. Nobody seen Tupac dead. The thing is this: the person who supposedly cremated Tupac – his mother wanted it done quickly – he passed. So this guy got about $3 million personally from me, cash. And next thing I know, I never heard from the guy or seen him again. He retired and left.”
In 2014, Knight questioned why no one has been arrested for Tupac’s murder, despite individuals reportedly confessing to the killing.
“Why you think nobody been arrested if they said they the one killed Tupac? Because Tupac not dead,” Suge said in an interview with TMZ. “Tupac not dead, nigga. If he was dead, they’d be arresting those dudes for murder. You know he somewhere smoking a Cuban cigar on an island somewhere.”
Suge Knight is currently incarcerated at the Los Angeles County Jail, where he has been held since January 2015. The former Death Row Records CEO is facing a murder charge stemming from the an incident at a Compton burger stand that resulted in the death of his close friend Terry Carter. Suge Knight is expected to face trial on January 8, 2018.