March 10 [Updated 10:00 EST] — East coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. fell victim to a drive-by shooting in the early morning hours on Sunday, and died a short time later at Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
The 24-year-old Brooklyn rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, had attended the annual Soul Train music awards and was sitting in his GMC Suburban after leaving a post-ceremony party thrown by Vibe Magazine at L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum. Police say an unidentified gunman riddled the vehicle with bullets, and Wallace was then rushed to Cedars Sinai, where he was pronounced dead.
Wallace is survived by his estranged wife, Faith Evans, and his five-month-old son, Christopher Wallace Jr.
The slaying marks the second of a high-profile rap star in the last six months, the first coming with the shooting death of Tupac Shakur.