The Notorious B.I.G. (real name Christopher Wallace) sustained four gunshot wounds the night he was murdered in L.A. back in 1997, according to a just-released autopsy report.
Wallace, who was listed at 6'1" and 395 lbs., was struck a total of four times in a drive-by shooting by a still-unknown assailant on Los Angeles' Wilshire Blvd.
He was only 24.
As he sat in the passenger seat of a Chevy Suburban, Biggie was ambushed by bullets from the car alongside him. The first three, it turns out, were not fatal:
- Struck Wallace in the left forearm and traveled down to his wrist.
- Struck Wallace in the back, missed all vital organs, and exited through his left shoulder.
- Struck Wallace on his outer left thigh and exited through his inner left thigh.
After the third bullet exited the thigh, the autopsy report states that "the projectile strikes the left side of the scrotum, causing a very shallow, 3/8 inch linear laceration."
The fatal bullet was the fourth and final gunshot.
That entered Wallace's body through his right hip and tore its way through several of his vital organs before finally coming to rest in his left shoulder area.
The bullet perforated Wallace's colon, liver, heart and left lung.
Immediately after the shooting, the Notorious B.I.G. was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy to no avail.
Wallace was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
All four gunshots traveled through the Suburban passenger door before striking Wallace; two were found on the gurney that transported him to the hospital.
Another bullet was discovered at the hospital when the body of the deceased rapper was turned over after doctors had tried and failed to save him.
The coroner listed Wallace as "morbidly obese."
A toxicology test revealed Wallace had no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death; Wallace's body was later ID'd by his mother and wife.
The autopsy report also lists one interesting, handwritten note under the section "Other Pertinent Information", reading: "Decedent may be rap singer."