The tragic deaths of rap icons Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the most pivotal moments in the history of pop culture. Though there has never been an arrest in either of the cases, many conspiracy theories have sprang up after the deaths and there are many are speculated to have involvement. One of the loudest and most credible theories is that of former LAPD detective, Russell Poole. Poole pointed fingers at LAPD officers after Biggie was ambushed and murdered in Los Angeles. Alas, Poole’s decades-long fight has come to an end.
Poole was visiting Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department offices in Monterey Park discussing a cold case murder investigation. It was here that Poole suffered a heart attack. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Department performed CPR on Poole and had him rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. Poole was pronounced dead at the hospital.
NBC News describes Russell Poole as “an aggressive and outspoken investigator.” He first came onto the radar after a 1997 shooting involving two LAPD officers (especially Ray Perez), which left one of them dead. This shooting wasn’t long after Biggie was murdered as he drove away from the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Poole involved himself in the investigation and made accusations against LAPD officers, which stemmed from the general belief in an “East Coast vs. West Coast war.” Poole’s claims caused the Wallace family to file civil suit against the LAPD. That suit has since been dropped.
The bulk of Russell Poole‘s findings can be found in his book, LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal.