Rapper Tupac Shakur and heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson were two of the most controversial figures of their time–it’s no surprise that they were also close friends.
In a documentary on ESPN, Tyson speaks about his friendship with Tupac, who was shot and killed in 1996 after attending a Tyson fight. Tyson says he and Tupac became close when the boxer was imprisoned in 1992 for rape. Tyson says Tupac would call or send a message regularly.
Tyson says one thing they had in common was that neither felt they could trust people – even those in their closest
Tyson said he always felt like he should take some of the blame for Tupac’s death because the rapper was in Las Vegas to see him fight when he was shot on September 7, 1996. Tupac died less than a week later on September 13, 1996.