There's A Conspiracy Theory Around Eazy-E's Death - What Do You Believe?
In 1995, Eazy-E (real name Eric Lynn Wright) released a statement which revealed that he had AIDS.
The world was in shock. The statement, read out by his lawyer, was beautifully written and honest. He wrote: "I'm not religious, but wrong or right, that's me.
"I'm not saying this because I'm looking for a soft cushion wherever I'm heading. I just feel I've got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what's real when it comes to AIDS. I've learned in the last week that this thing is real and it doesn't discriminate. It affects everyone."
Only four years earlier, Magic Johnson had addressed a press conference and explained that he was HIV-positive.
People's opinions were beginning to change. They were realising that, as Eazy has so elliquoently put it, 'it affects everyone'. It was not a 'gay' disease. It was real and it was affecting two of the most famous celebrities on the planet.
A month after the diagnosis, Eazy, who would be celebrating his birthday, was dead after getting pneumonia.
People were flabbergasted. How had this happened? Magic Johnson was just as rich as Eazy, they both had access to incredible healthcare... what went wrong?
His death was a spark which started a full-blown fire of conspiracy.
Fans of N.W.A and Eazy himself refused to believe someone who had looked so healthy could deteriorate so quickly. Sadly, when it comes to HIV there are sometimes no symptoms at all. The immune system is weakened to a point where anything, like pneumonia, can kill you.
Speaking to Angela Yee, Krayzie Bone (of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), said: "Dude had full-blown AIDS and looked regular. He still had his weight. Still cocky. Still looking like a regular dude. It just came about all of a sudden.
"He was really built like a little tank."
Snoop Dogg sparked more rumours following the release of his debut album, Doggystyle. At one point, Dr. Dre and Daz Dillinger are recorded while speaking. Daz asks: "What's up with them n*ggas that was on the TV dissin' you?".
Dre answers: "Man, fuck them n*ggas, man. I ain't thinkin' about that old shit, man."
Daz replies: "Busta ass, HIV pussy-ass motherfuckers."
It ends with Dre adding: "Yo, yo, yo, Daz. Easy come, easy (gunshot)."
This might just be two musicians acting up to be controversial, but the words they use are particularly confusing. If anything, they are pretty cruel.
The biggest piece of evidence that conspiracy theorists seem to hold on to is the following video of Suge Knight. He had recently come out of jail and was appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! back in 2003.
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During the interview he alludes to the fact that he wouldn't shoot someone if he wanted to kill them, saying: "See, technology is so high. So, if you shoot somebody, you go to jail forever. You don't want to go to jail forever, right? They have a new thing out.
"They have this stuff they called... they get blood from somebody with AIDS and they shoot you with it. That's a slow death. The Eazy-E thing. You know what I mean?"
Jimmy Kimmel takes this as a joke given in poor taste, but was it an admission?
Judging by the YouTube comments, a lot of people believe it was.
B.G. Knocc Out, a rapper who appeared alongside Eazy in his single Real Muthaphuckkin Gs, featured lyrics about Eazy's death in his 2011 song, N My Prime. He raps: "...the way my big homie went out, he didn't deserve it. They say he died of AIDS, but Eazy was cold murdered. I filtered out all the bullshit with my third iris. Full-blown AIDS but Tomica ain't got the virus?".
Tomica, Eazy's wife at the time of his death, was also the mother of one of his children. Neither she, nor the child, contracted the virus.
He opened up about his feelings again in an interview in 2011. Saying: "I believe in my heart somebody did something to Eric. Whether it was Jerry [Heller], whether it was Tomica [Woods-Wright], I have yet to really know the truth about it. But, for a person to have full-blown AIDS [that quickly is suspicious]. My little brother, his father died from full-blown AIDS ... from sharing a needle. He was [an addict].
"Now, I seen this man go through these stages, from HIV to full-blown AIDS. And, when you get a cold, any little thing like that, your whole immune system shut down. So you have to go into the hospital just to recover. Now, to be around Eric for the last three years of his life and he never had an episode like this - never ever - something is strange, something is real odd. And then you gonna come out and tell me when the man go in there for bronchitis, you gonna come out and tell me this man had full-blown AIDS.
"And we done been to New York, we done been to Chicago in below zero weather... he never got sick. He never had an episode. Like, c'mon, bruh. Who are you kidding?"
B.G. Knocc Out alludes to Jerry Heller in this interview, but Heller spoke to a radio station about the situation. He said: "Do I think something fishy happened to Eazy? Absolutely.
"I don't believe for a second that someone with as much money as we did - and could afford whatever like Magic Johnson could - who doesn't even test positive anymore. I don't believe that he could have possibly died that quickly from full-blown AIDS. I don't believe that. I think that something went on there. And, like I say, I have my own ideas who I think was involved. But all I'm willing to say is this, I'm the only one who didn't profit from him passing away."
In conclusion, it's almost like everyone believes that Eazy was killed... but they don't know how. Some believe he didn't have AIDS, some believe he did and Suge Knight was involved - it's all quite confusing and is all based on rumour and speculation.
However, one thing we can take away from this is that one of Eazy's children, Eric Darnell Wright (aka Lil Eazy-E), is now an HIV activist and speaks out about the disease.
Speaking to The Recollectors, he said: "I started doing AIDS awareness work. I went out and tested with individuals and campaigned for people to go get checked, talked about what it meant and how it affected me, how it's important to the community. I was more vocal with the younger generation.
"One thing that hit me is because, as we said - Magic Johnson is still living. If you know earlier, you can get yourself care and medication. It's good to get tested just to know. Because when you don't know and in less than a week you lose your father..."
If he really did die from AIDS, that's definitely the best way to honour him.
H/T: High Snobiety
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