Ever since the gangster-rap singer Tupac Shakur was allegedly gunned down in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) on September 13th, 1996, there has been much speculation into the idea that he faked his death and is actually alive today. Many reports place him in Jamaica living under an assumed identity. Well it looks like the conspiracy theorists are not that far off after all; they just happened to have picked the wrong Caribbean island.
On Monday March 31st, the Bocas Breeze received reports that a rather Tupac-esque figure was spotted on the main island of Isla Colon, seated in the Ultimo Refugio with a small group of friends, mowing down a filet mignon with purée and ordering copious amounts of Hennessy, Moet and Alizé for his “homies”. Mr. Shakur did little to conceal his identity:
“This is thug life in the Caribbean, [expletive]! You think 9 bullets could stop me? I been in Bocas since two-thousand-fo’ (2004)!”
The highlight of the night was when Tupac gave the patrons and staff of Ultimo Refugio an impromptu performance. Aldo Lobo and Rose happened to be performing live music that evening and Tupac stormed the stage, grabbed the microphone and proceeded to freestyle rap and perform verses of “Thugz Mansion”, “Ghetto Gospel” and “Changes”.
Bocas del Toro is known as a place that attracts colorful expatriates from all over the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if other notoriously rumored death fakers like Cher, Pablo Escobar and Walt Disney were also living somewhere in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro.