Tupac Lives

 Madame Tussauds will immortalize the late Tupac Shakur on April 5 when it reveals a never- before- seen wax sculpture of the rapper at its Las Vegas museum at the Venetian Hotel.

The sculpture will be part of the "Tupac Eternal" exhibit and will boast the now iconic image of a shirtless Tupac sporting a bandana and displaying his tattoos.

According to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas museum, Tupac has been the celebrity most requested to receive a wax tribute. The unveiling of the sculpture will come almost 10 years after his death on September 13, 1996 in Las Vegas. He was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting on September 7, 1996

The wax portrait of Tupac was sculpted by Jeni Fairey of The Tussauds Studio London, who has previously worked on Beyoncé for the museum. It took more than 700 hours of work and over 330 pounds of clay to create the portrait.

Madame Tussauds is currently in the process of trying obtain the rights to use some of Tupac's music through Interscope Records and Universal Music Publishing to make the "Tussauds -Tupac experience" more realistic and unique.

Madame Tussauds is also planning on sending Tupac's wax figure on its own world tour later this year to honor the significant 10th anniversary of his passing. After its Las Vegas viewing, the sculpture is destined to travel to Madame Tussauds' other galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and London before it will be exhibited at the TupacAmaruShakurCenter for the Arts (TASCA) in Atlanta for a full month.

The figure is scheduled to arrive at the Center by the end of this memorial year.

In related news, The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation has joined forces with Judge Mablean Ephriam of "Divorce Court" fame to honor fathers by co-hosting Atlanta's First Annual Honoring Unsung Fathers Awards (H.U.F.) in June.

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