In November 2023 rapper, businessman, and music mogul Diddy settled a lawsuit filed against him by his ex-girlfriend, singer Cassie Ventura. The lawsuit accused Diddy of r@pe, s3x trafficking, and physical assault. Diddy and Cassie reached an undisclosed settlement the following day.
For many insiders in the music industry, the details of the lawsuit did not come as a surprise. Considering Diddy’s history of violence and threats, along with persistent rumors connecting him to the mysterious deaths of several others in the music industry who crossed him, Cassie may have been lucky to come out alive.
27 years after rap legend Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas police announced they made an arrest in his murder. They arrested Duane Keith Davis (Keffe D), a member of the South Side Compton Crips in September 2023.
Years before Keffe D’s arrest, his nephew, Orlando Davis, was questioned in connection to Tupac’s murder. In 2018, as Davis was dying of cancer, he reportedly confessed to having a role in the murder. He refused to name the shooter, but claimed the two were paid $1 million by Diddy to kill Tupac in retaliation for him getting jumped at the MGM Grand the night earlier.
There are many other theories for why the music industry may have wanted Tupac dead. The most notably, that he spent years of his career exposing the Illuminati.
In November 2018, Diddy’s longtime on-again-off-again girlfriend, and mother to his children, Kim Porter, died unexpectedly at the age of 47. According to the coroner, Porter died from lobar pneumonia.
In a lengthy now deleted Instagram post, singer-songwriter, Al B. Sure, who dated Porter, claimed Porter was killed by Diddy because she was writing a tell all book.
Porter was also the longest working employee at Uptown Records, where Diddy had worked before starting his own label, Bad Boy. However, Porter wasn’t the only employee at Uptown Records who met a mysterious demise.
Andre Harell was a music producer and founder of Uptown Records. In 1990 Harrell hired Diddy as an intern, who climbed the ranks over the years and eventually became a high level executive at the record label. Harrell and Diddy had a number of issues behind the scenes which eventually led to his firing in 1993.
In May 2020 Harrell unexpectedly died in his home in West Hollywood, CA at 57. According to his family, Harrell’s cause of death was heart failure.
Heavy D was a rapper and record producer as well as one of the founding members of Uptown Records, from where Diddy was fired before launching his own record label.
In November 2011 Heavy D collapsed and died outside his home in Beverly Hills, CA. According to the autopsy, the coroner ruled Heavy D’s death was attributed to a blood clot in his leg that formed on an airplane ride home from his performance at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales.
Al B. Sure
Al B. Sure, commonly known as Al B, is a singer and songwriter who was also a founding member of Uptown Records. While, technically still alive, Al B. had went into a coma shortly after publicly speculating Diddy may have been involved in the death of Kim Porter. As of 2023 he is currently recovery.
You know what is even more peculiar than the fact 4 of the 5 founding members of Diddy’s former record label have mysteriously died? The fact that before their deaths, Kim Porter, Andre Harrell, and Heavy D were all in the process of writing tell-all books. Al B. was also working a documentary on his life before entering a coma.
In the 1990’s Diddy and Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight had been in a bitter feud which led to the death of Knight’s bodyguard, Jake Robles. In 1995 Robles was shot and killed outside an Atlanta nightclub after a confrontation with associates of Diddy’s at a birthday party for musician Jermaine Dupri.
Other Close Calls
In Cassie Ventura’s 2023 lawsuit against Diddy, she claimed Diddy threatened to blow up rapper Kid Cudi’s car shortly before it exploded in his driveway in 2012.
In December 1999, Diddy and his protege, rapper Shyne, were partying at a club in New York when they got into a confrontation which led to a shootout. 3 were shot, but all survived. Diddy was charged with 4 weapons charges and for attempted bribery of the arresting officers. During the trial, a witness claimed she saw Diddy draw his weapon, but only Shyne was found guilty for the shooting. Many have speculated Shyne took the fall for Diddy in the shooting.