The Los Angeles Police Department published an official apology after failing to notify rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s family about the release of his autopsy report. Authorities have put the blame on an administrative error, according to the Associated Press.
Rapper Notorious B.I.G. was killed 15 years ago during a drive-by shooting, but it was only recently that the LAPD decided to publish his autopsy report. On Saturday, police disclosed all the information they possessed in relation to the rapper’s death; thus, offending Notorious B.I.G.’s family, who had no idea about the report.
LAPD’s spokesperson wrote an official apology on Sunday telling the rapper’s family that they had intended to ask for their permission, but the report was released prematurely “due to an administrative error”. Capt. Billy Hayes, who heads LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, reassured reporters that a special unit headed to the residence of the Wallace family to apologize for the mistake they have made.
Police officers have been investigating Notorious B.I.G’s killing for more than 15 years, but they are still far from solving the case. They concluded their official statement by suggesting potential witnesses to offer all the information they possess in order to conclude the investigation.
Notorious B.I.G.’s autopsy report was not disclosed until now because a security hold had been placed on the document. The prohibition was lifted last week, so the 23-page report was revealed to the public. According to the coroner’s declarations, the rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was shot four times in March 1997. His death occurred as a result of the heart, lung and colon injuries he suffered during the spray of gunfire.
Notorious B.I.G’s death occurred one week after another rap legend, Tupac Shakur, was killed in a street shooting. A small rivalry settled between the two rappers as a part of the East Coast-West Coast movement and police officers thought the killings were the result of the conflict between the two rapper gangs. No real explanation was found for the death of the two singers.