Tupac Shakur's former business partner has shed new light on the rapper's 1996 murder.
Shakur's record label received a call from someone threatening to "finish him off" while he was in a coma, his business partner said.
Gobi Rahimi makes the claim in a new authorized biography about Shakur.
Tupac Shakur's former business partner Gobi Rahimi shed new light on the days leading up to the late rapper's death.
Shakur was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, and was placed in a medically-induced coma.
The rapper died from his wounds six days later. He was 25.
Speaking to author Staci Robinson for a new biography about the rapper, "Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography," Rahimi claims that somebody threatened to kill Shakur during his hospitalization.
Rahimi, who directed a handful of Shakur's music videos and later partnered with him to form 24/7 Productions, told Robinson an anonymous call was made to the headquarters of Shakur's label, Death Row.
The caller said someone was coming to Vegas to "finish him off," according to Rahimi.
In response to the threat, Death Row posted security guards outside Shakur's hospital room, as did the Nation of Islam.
Shakur's hip-hop group, the Outlawz, also began guarding the rapper in shifts.
"Us Outlawz were there in 24-hour shifts. It was serious," former Outlawz member Young Noble told Robinson. "Each of us had a gun on us. We didn't get any sleep, no change of clothes."
"We was there ready to go out with a blaze if somebody was gonna come to the hospital on some bullshit," he continued. "Police wasn't takin' the threats seriously. We were up there like the damn military."
Shakur's murder remains unsolved. However, earlier this year, an arrest was made in connection to the case.
On September 29, Las Vegas police arrested Duane "Keffe D" Davis following a search at his wife's house in July.
Davis, 60, was charged with first-degree murder. His trial is set for November 2.
In a press conference after Davis' arrest, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Lieutenant Jason Johansson said that the department does not believe Davis was the person who fatally shot Shakur, but believes he orchestrated the plan and passed the murder weapon to the shooter.
Davis, a member of the California-based gang known as the South Side Compton Crips, had previously admitted to being involved in Shakur's murder.
Appearing on the BET show "Death Row Chronicles" in 2018, Davis confessed to having a role in Shakur's murder after revealing he had been diagnosed with colon cancer.
"I have nothing else to lose," he said. "All I care about is the truth."
Davis admitted to being in the car from which the shots that killed Shakur were fired but did not name the shooter.
In his 2019 memoir, "Compton Street Legend," Davis wrote that he provided the murder weapon and reiterated a previous claim that the hit on Shakur was ordered by Sean "Diddy" Combs. In 2008, a Los Angeles Times report linked Combs to Shakur's death. At the time, Combs vigorously denied any connection to the murder, calling it "ridiculous" and "completely false."
Representatives for Combs did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
"Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography" releases on October 26.
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