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Notorious B.I.G. autopsy unsealed 15 years after rapper's unsolved fatal shooting

In this March 8, 1997 file photo, Notorious B.I.G., whose real name is Christopher Wallace gestures shortly before he was shot to death in Los Angeles.
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Rapper Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, on March 8, 1997, the day before he was shot to death in Los Angeles.
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(AP) LOS ANGELES - Authorities have released a long-sealed autopsy report showing that rapper Notorious B.I.G. was shot four times in a 1997 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that remains unsolved.

The report describes one of the shots as fatal to the rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls.

That shot tore through his left lung, heart and colon.

The killing has been the subject of police and FBI investigations and remains one of Los Angeles' highest-profile unsolved homicides. Wallace was killed after leaving a music industry event.

Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey says a security hold placed on the report's release was lifted last week.

The rapper was gunned down on March 9, 1997, while sitting in the passenger seat of a Chevy Suburban.

According to the report, the rapper was shot in the chest, shoulder, leg, forearm and scrotum. There were no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system, TMZ reported.

Wallace was 24 when he was killed.

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