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The Notorious B.I.G. (© Everett Collection/Rex Features)

Fourteen years ago today,  hip-hop lost an icon when the Notorious B.I.G. (See photos of him)  also known by his real name, Christopher Wallace — was killed in an L.A. drive-by shooting. Some believed the murder was linked to a growing feud. A new investigation was recently launched.
Tupac Shakur (© WENN)
Influential West Coast rapper and actor, Shakur  was leaving Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon Boxing match in Vegas the evening of September 7, 1996, when he was shot by unidentified individuals in a passing car. He was riding in the car of Suge Knight, but no one was ever charged in the murder.
Soulja Slim (© Bob Mussell/Retna Ltd./Corbis)
Soulja Slim (James Tapp Jr.) gained fame after signing to rapper Master P’s Louisiana No Limit Records. On November 26, 2003, the 26-year-old was gunned down in front of his mother’s New Orleans home.
The Big Picture by Big L (© 2002 Rawkus Entertainment LLC)
Harlem rapper Big L (Lamont Coleman) was shot and killed on February 15, 1999, at the age of 24. The main suspectl, Gerard Goodley,  was released due to insufficient charges.
Actor David Carradine was found dead in the closet of a Bangkok hotel room Thursday with a cord wrapped around his neck and genitals, leading Thai police to suspect his death was not a suicide but an accident resulting from dangerous sex practices.