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Conflicts Plagued Tupac Shakur Before And After Death - REELZChannel
Danielle and Andy Mayoras are co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! and featured on-camera contributors to Celebrity Legacies. Check out their in-depth look into the battle over Tupac Shakur’s estate. Tupac Shakur was well-known for his “Thug” image, his rap prowess, and his many conflicts — leading up to the tragic shooting that took his life at age 25. So should anyone be surprised at the high number of legal battles involving his estate? Or that Shakur could continue to be a pioneer in rap music, even years after his death? Tupac Shakur came to fame in large part due to his battles with police, inspiring lyrics in his first solo release so violent that Dan Quayle publicly denounced them — building Shakur’s “Thug” image in the process. In the same time frame, he was arrested five times for violent crimes, leading to numerous criminal charges and civil lawsuits, culminating in a confrontation during which he was shot multiple times. The very next day, Tupac was sentenced to prison for molestation. Lawsuits and conflicts continued to plague him throughout his career, until he was shot and killed in 1996. Yet his rap music career flourished, in large part through the help of record label Death Row. As a result, despite the many legal troubles, his estate was valued at $40 to $50 million and his albums sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. So, predictably, his estate spawned countless lawsuits, including a feud over royalties with Death Row — which claimed his estate owed millions back to it despite more than $70 million worth of album sales — dozens of creditors, and even an estate battle between his mother and his absentee father. Shakur’s father last saw him as a child when he was only five years old and re-entered his life, after Tupac became famous, a few years before his death. Despite not knowing Tupac for most of his life, the elder Shakur sued for half of the estate. Tupac never created a will and he died intestate. This means that his parents, under California law, would equally split his assets. But Tupac’s mother initially claimed that the father had died. When DNA testing proved that to be untrue, the case went to trial about whether the father had done enough to support and spend time with his son. The evidence at trial showed that the only documented support the father provided was $820, a bag of peanuts, and a ticket to “Rollerball.” Under California law, a father who was not married to the mother can only inherit as an intestate heir if he had a substantial relationship with the child and provided monetary support. With little …