Social media has been abuzz with claims that rap legend Tupac Shakur is alive and well in Cuba.

Conspiracy theorists have long claimed that 2Pac, who would now be 44, faked his own death.

The star, then 25, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas following a Mike Tyson fight in 1996.

American website Reporterz published a doctored image of 2Pac allegedly partying with pop star Rihanna, 27, claiming it as proof that the rapper has been in hiding for these last 19 years.

Mainstream media, including British newspapers, have since picked up on the claims made by the website, which has only 65 followers on Twitter.

However, a reverse image search shows the picture above has been floating around online since 2012, when Rihanna posted it on Instagram.

At the time, we reported the picture looks like a Photoshop job of Rihanna’s face superimposed on someone else – understood to be singer Faith Evans.

Telltale sign of Photoshopping

Reporterz describes itself as a “news and entertainment company” and says “every article is based on a true story – only the facts have been changed”.

It claimed in the ‘Pac/Rihanna piece: “It was Shakur who in 1996 was reportedly attending a special event in Las Vegas, the Mike Tyson-Benson fight, and then afterwards was brutally murdered.

“A day or so later he is autopsied, then quickly cremated. There is no funeral. Nor is there any record of a tribute or memorial.

“Now we know exactly why it was because Tupac Shakur was never killed it is unclear why he has been hiding.”

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Rihanna and Tupac not together again

Another image purporting to show Rihanna partying with ‘Pac has been shared online.

The Mirror Online picture desk also pointed out where this one has been cleverly spliced together.

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You didn’t fool us…

Some social media users are more keen to believe the idea that their hero is living the high life in Cuba. Andrea Yanez wrote: “I want to say it is him.. the outlaw tat on his arm is there and if you look at his stature it looks like it could very well be him.”

Cheyenne Takitimu said: “Sort of like Bin Laden, no one can really check on any facts that show he died, just gotta take someone’s word for it.”

However others are less than convinced…

YouTuber DAHBOO777 clearly believes Tupac survived the shooting as he has posted a video showing all the alleged posthumous sightings of the Harlem-born musician and film star.

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