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An attorney is actually alleging that the L.A. Police Department is responsible for the shooting that broke out at Chris Brown’s pre-VMAs party Sunday morning.

While Brown wasn’t hurt in the melee at West Hollywood nightclub 1OAK, famed rap producer Suge Knight was shot twice and is recovering from surgery.

Rumors are flying that the shooting was gang-related and/or a possible assassination attempt on Chris Brown. But a prominent lawyer has a different view.

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Perry Sanders, the family lawyer for the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., said the LAPD (headed by Chief Charlie Beck) is to blame for the shooting.

Long ago, the department failed to indict Suge Knight for Biggie's murder; Sanders also charges that the LAPD knows who killed Notorious B.I.G.

Of course ... Sanders makes the claim about Brown's shindig even though the 1OAK shooting isn’t in the LAPD’s jurisdiction, making it flimsy at best.

As for the link between Suge and Big Poppa?

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The murderer of Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.) is well known to Los Angeles police, but they refuse to proceed with an arrest, a new report alleges.

Why? Because doing so would supposedly expose a police cover-up.

Big Poppa

A law enforcement source says under condition of anonymity:

“The LAPD Robbery Homicide unit tasked with investigating Biggie’s murder knows exactly who fired the gun, and which people were involved in the planning.”

The rapper (real name Christopher Wallace) was murdered while riding in the front seat of a Suburban after leaving a hip hop party in Los Angeles in 1997.

Years later, Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and his widow, Faith Evans, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD and several of its members.

They allege that Wallace's death was “in a very efficient, organized and professional manner, suggesting that a high degree of coordination and planning."

The lawsuit also claims that disgraced former Officer Rafael Perez admitted to cops that he and fellow cop David Mack, “conspired to murder" Wallace.

Not only that, the two carried it out - or so the lawsuit claims.

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The death of Robin Williams shocked fans the world this week, but sadly, he is but one of many stars to have passed away many years too soon.

For all the joy he brought to millions of lives, the actor battled substance abuse and severe depression at various points in a life cut short by his own choice.

He is far from alone. Be it from severe illness, addiction or other tragic circumstances, some of the stars who shone the brightest also met untimely ends.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.

From Robin Williams' suicide to Philip Seymour Hoffman's overdose, Paul Walker's car crash and others that remain cloaked in mystery, it's not a short list.

Their respective careers, however, remain etched in history. They may be gone from the world we inhabit, but their legacies live on, each and every day.

Robin, Philip and so many others who tragically passed on have left their marks on this world, and having touched us all, will always have a place in our hearts.

Scroll through our list of 23 shocking celebrity deaths above as we look back on some of the famous and talented individuals who we lost far too early.

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Diddy, in honor of Throwback Thursday a.k.a. #TBT, posted a classic photograph of himself with his late friend and rap legend, the Notorious B.I.G.

Now that's what we call throwing it back ... to the days of the pager.

"#TBT Ain't nobody seen this one…" he captioned the image.

"Whats that in my hand a beeper?!?! Ooohhhhh Sh!t!!!"

Notorious BIG and Puff Daddy

Diddy, then Puffy Daddy, holds his quintessential '90s pager in his hands as he dons an all-white outfit and a sparkling chain. Next to him? Big Poppa.

Puff signed Biggie to his label before he became famous, and the two were close until the latter's life was cut short in a drive-by shooting in 1997.

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Christopher Wallace Jr., son of Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans, graduated from high school this week, and a celebratory photo the teen posted to his Instagram page has led many followers to question his sexuality.

CJ posted this photo following the ceremony along with a caption reading "no sus" (indicating that he shouldn't be suspected of homosexuality):

Regardless, his comments section was flooded with insinuations about his sexual orientation.

CJ seemed able to shrug off the remarks, but when entertainment blogger Sandra Rose retweeted the photo along with the caption, "#GayPride," CJ's mom stepped in and things really got ugly:

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Billy Joel once memorably sang that "Only the Good Die Young."

While his point was that you should live your life, not be consumed by preconceived inhibitions, the phrase certainly still rings true in modern day Hollywood.

Be it from substance abuse or other tragic circumstances, some of the world's most beloved stars have met an untimely end long before they should have.

From Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin overdose and Paul Walker's fatal car crash to some whose deaths remained shrouded in mystery, it's a long list.

Scroll through The Hollywood Gossip's gallery of 21 shocking celebrity deaths below as we look back on some of the brightest stars who we lost too soon.

They may be gone from this world, but they are not forgotten:

Paul Walker
Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.

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T'yanna Wallace, the 19-year-old daughter of the late Notorious B.I.G, is carrying on her father's legacy with a new clothing line in his name.

"Notorious," a line of shirts and other fashion items, has hit the market. Here's T'yanna, who was just three years old when he died, modeling:

T'yanna Wallace Photo

The rapper would have been 41 years old yesterday.

One of the t-shirt designs has imagery of guns on the front, an interesting choice considering the manner in which Biggie died back in 1997.

Take a look at that right after the jump ...

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You can own the Notorious B.I.G.'s old apartment if you want!

And if you have more than $700K. Gentrification is no joke.


The famous one-room shack he used to rap about is a recently-renovated "three-bed plus den / office condo" complete with a formal dining room no less.

Notorious' native Bed-Stuy 'hood is not quite the area he once knew, with the Pratt Institute, BAM, the Brooklyn Flea and the Barclays Center nearby.

If anything, given the area's rapid real estate boom, it's surprising the $725K list price isn't higher still. Many condos there fetch seven figures easily.

Where Brooklyn at? The center of hip these days.

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The ghost of Biggie Smalls - as well as the late rapper's children - are set to star in a new animated TV show. Seriously. This is an actual project.

The show will focus on Biggie Smalls' offspring and how they're running his New York recording studio, producers from Ossian Media said.

House of Wallace will star T'yanna Wallace, 19, and C.J. Wallace, 16, voicing their animated likenesses. The hip-hop legend's kids said in a statement:

Biggie Smalls Ghost

"It's been 16 years since our Dad was murdered and we miss him dearly."

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LAPD detectives have apologized to the family of the late Notorious B.I.G. for failing to warn them about the planned release of his autopsy report last Friday.

The rapper (real name Christopher Wallace) was killed 15 years ago in a drive-by, but the Notorious B.I.G. autopsy report had never seen the light of day.

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The detectives intended to notify the rapper's family, but the report was released prematurely "due to an administrative error," officials said in a statement.

"Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family (Friday) night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release" said Capt. Billy Hayes.

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