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UPDATE 12/9/12 10:11 A.M. EST

After being criticized by complaints by the lawyer of Notorious B.I.G.’s family, police detectives have apologized for failing to warn them about the planned release of his autopsy report more than 15 years after his death.

The NY Post reports:

The detectives had intended to notify the rapper’s family, but the report was released prematurely “due to an administrative error,” the department said in a statement.

Capt. Billy Hayes who heads LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division says:

“Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family (Friday) night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release. Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case.”


It’s been 15 years since the iconic Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed while at a red light in his Chevy Suburban in Los Angeles. But today, TMZ obtained his never-before-seen autopsy report, revealing new, graphic details of the night of his murder.

According to the report, Biggie sustained four gunshot wounds to his chest, shoulder, leg, forearm and scrotum on that fatal night in L.A., though three of the four shots were not considered fatal. And, although he had just left a party, there were no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system.

They report:

[Biggie] was listed at 6’1″, 395 lbs — was struck a total of 4 times in a drive-by shooting on Wilshire Blvd while the 24-year-old rapper sat in the passenger seat of a Chevy Suburban.

According to the report, 3 of the shots were NOT fatal.

— Gunshot #1 struck Wallace in the left forearm and traveled down to his wrist.

— Gunshot #2 struck Wallace in the back, missed all vital organs, and exited through his left shoulder.

— Gunshot #3 struck Wallace on his outer left thigh and exited through his inner left thigh.

The reports says .. after Gunshot #3 exited the thigh, “the projectile strikes the left side of the scrotum, causing a very shallow, 3/8 inch linear laceration.”

The fatal bullet was Gunshot #4 … which entered Wallace’s body through his right hip and ripped its way through several vital organs … before coming to rest in his left shoulder area.

According to the report, the bullet perforated Wallace’s colon, liver, heart and the upper lobe of his left lung.

After the shooting, Biggie was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but as we all know, it was too late. He was pronounced dead at 1:15 AM.

According to the report, all 4 of the gunshots traveled through the Suburban passenger door before striking Wallace. Two of the bullets were found on the gurney that transported Wallace to the hospital. Another bullet was discovered at the hospital when the body was turned over after doctors had pronounced him dead.

During the autopsy, the coroner listed Wallace as “morbidly obese.”  A toxicology test revealed Wallace had no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

Wallace’s body was eventually ID’d by his mother and wife.

One last thing … on one of the pages of the autopsy report, there is a note scribbled under the headline “Other Pertinent Information” which reads: “Decedent may be rap singer.”

He was only 24, leaving behind daughter, T’Yonna Wallace and son, Christopher Wallace, Jr.

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