Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tupac Amaru Shakur Wax Figure

Tupac Amaru Shakur has become the latest wax figure added to Madame Tussauds museum in the Las Vegas Venetian Resort Hotel.

The $200,000 sculpture was unveiled Wednesday not far from where the rapper was gunned down in 1996, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday. His killing remains unsolved.

The sculpture took six months to make and depicts the rapper as most fans remember him. A bandana tied around his head, low riding baggy blue jeans and a bare chest.

Sekyiwa Shakur and Gloria Cox traveled to Las Vegas in order to unveil the wax figure alongside Adrian Jones, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas.

The unveiling comes as Las Vegas entertainment and law enforcement officials debate the merits of rap concerts. Police say the concerts bring an element of danger to the strip, while many venue owners argue it is an issue of freedom of speech and expression.

2Pac has consistently been the most publicly requested celebrity to be immortalized in a Madame Tussauds attraction. The unveiling of the wax statue of Tupac comes almost exactly 10 years after his death in September, 1996, in Las Vegas.


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