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OTRC: Notorious B.I.G. death investigation is 'reinvigorated'

Rapper the Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, appears in his music video for 'Big Poppa,' released in 1995. (Bad Boy Records)

An investigation into the 1997 killing of the Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, has been "reinvigorated."

The East Coast rapper, whose real name is Christopher Wallace, was shot dead at age 24 in a vehicle as it left a music industry party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The killer was never found.

Many conspiracy theories regarding his killing involving members of the hip hop world and longtime rivalries between East and West Coast rappers have surfaced online over the years.

The case was "reinvigorated" several months ago as a result of new information, CNN quoted a law enforcement source as saying.

Wax figures of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, a New York-born and California-based rapper who was killed in 1996 in Las Vegas during a drive-by shooting that is also still unsolved, were displayed together at Madame Tussauds' Washington, D.C. museum in June on what would have been Shakur's 39th birthday.

A 2002 documentary film called "Biggie and Tupac" addressed their similar deaths as well as the East Coast-West Coast rapper rivalries that were apparent during their final years.

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