A CRYPTIC post shared by Tupac Shakur’s instagram account has fuelled a bizarre conspiracy theory that the rapper is alive and living in Cuba.
The estate of the American rapper and actor, who was shot dead aged 25 in 1996, teased fans with an ambiguous announcement on his Instagram page.
The oblique post, containing a black-and-white picture of the late musician overlaid with the date “1998 – Saturday 11/24”, was shared to the account on Monday.
“Sign up to be the first to know. Link in bio. #2PAC #Tupac,” the caption to the post, shared with his 3.3 million followers, reads.
The date in the picture is thought to refer to the upcoming anniversary of his posthumous “Greatest Hits” album, which was released on November 24, 1998.
In the comments section, many fans excited about the prospect of a newly remastered album paid tribute to All Eyez On Me artist, the also known as Makaveli.
But among the comments a wacky conspiracy theory about has Tupac reared its home once more.
Fans with active imaginations interpreted the post as a hint Tupac is about to announce his return having faked his death and moved to Cuba in the 1990s.
Conspiracy theories have circulated the internet for years despite the death of the Harlem-born rap icon, who was killed in a drive-by shooting by an unknown assailant in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996.
“He’s alive,” many commenters wrote on the post.
“He’s coming back,” another hopeful fan posted.
“We already know he ain’t dead,” one person explained matter-of-factly.
Pedding the theory, one wrote: “I’m tellin y’all he’s alive.”
Another added: “Watch them say Tupac is alive. I would be so f***ing mad at him for hiding his death this whole time.”
One infamous theory claims the rapper faked his death and moved to Cuba to live out the rest of his life in solitude.
“Bro when are you leaving Cuba?” one commenter asked, referring to the theory.
A second added: “I told y’all he’s in Cuba, now he’s coming back to America to run for president.”
Most fans, however, came to the obvious conclusion, that, because the date in the post matches with the release date of Tupac’s Greatest Hits, the announcement probably refers to that.
One posted: “20 years since the greatest hits release.”
Another wrote: “24 november 1998: Greatest Hits.”
Others hailed the rapper, with on writing: “RIP always remember this great man and king of rap.”
There have been multiple claims Tupac never died but none of them have ever been been credible.
Retired Las Vegas Police sergeant Chris Carroll was the first officer on the scene of Tupac’s shooting and said his body fell out of the car “like he was leaning against the door”.
“I grabbed him with my left arm, and he falls into me,” he said.
“He’s covered with blood, and I immediately notice that the guy’s got a ton of gold on – a necklace and other jewellery – and all of the gold is covered in blood. I didn’t realise that this is Tupac Shakur.”
The Los Angeles Police Department believe “it was a gang retaliation murder”.
His killer has never been found.
Tupac rose to fame with his debut solo album 2Pacalypse Now.
With hits like Dear Mama, California Love and All Eyez on Me, he was one of the biggest rappers of the 1990s.
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