Tupac Shakur Would Have Turned 40 Today

Tupac Shakur - Portrait - 1994
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The rapper is back in the news after prisoner Dexter Isaac admitting Wednesday to shooting him in 2004.

Tupac Shakur would have turned 40 Thursday.

The rapper was gunned down on Sept. 7, 1996 after watching the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Sheldon boxing match at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

He was in the news again Wednesday after a prisoner, Dexter Isaac, confessed to shooting him in 1994. That incident is largely believed to have kicked off the West coast-East coast feud that is attributed to the eventual deaths of both Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Isaac released a letter to AllHipHop.com Thursday admitting to the crime.

“In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad Studio,” it read. “He [Rosemond] gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Synthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery."

"I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did. I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie's] mothers some closure."

The NYPD is investigating the claims.

Erykah Badu will headline a birthday concert celebrating the Tupac's legacy Thursday night in Atlanta. Rappers Too $hort, Bun B, and 8 Ball & MJG are also set to perform. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.