Biggie Wasn't Killed In A Drive-By, Says Ex-Bodyguard

Gene Deal believes Biggie's murderer was waiting on him.

BYErika Marie

Diddy's former bodyguard Gene Deal is sharing his side of the story about his days with the Bad Boy mogul. Deal recently sat down with The Art of Dialogue, and according to him, some Hip Hop History stories have strayed from the truth. In 1997, Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace was murdered in Los Angeles. Despite reports, Deal rejects claims that the rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting.

For decades, it has been stated that both Tupac Shakur and Biggie were victims of drive-by-related incidents. There have been theories about who was responsible for both murders, and while some have pinpointed suspects, no one has officially been charged. Deal also believes Biggie's killer was lurking outside the Petersen Automotive Museum waiting for the rapper.

Rapper Notorious B.I.G. AKA Biggie Smalls (Christopher Wallace) joined by Sean (Puffy) Combs and Lil' Kim receives Billboard Music Award on December 6, 1995 at The Coliseum in New York City, New York. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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“It just hurts because they lie too much," said Deal. "A lot of that sh*t be lies the way they put it together ’cause they listening to these white boys who wasn’t even there. I don’t want to make this racial, but they take these white boys who wasn’t even there and want to use the stories that they want to tell, which is not the truth.” He also added: "Wasn’t no drive-by. The car was standing there at the corner. The stories they tell is not truthful. And now people are sitting here believing."

The former bodyguard said he quickly made his way to Biggie's side to help in any way he could. “Every Biggie movie that you see, they say it’s a drive-by," Deal continued. "When the witness tells you the car was stood right there at the corner...the car was probably there all night.” Further, “I saw this kid lose his life. This kid died while I was pulling him out of the car,” he said. “I wouldn’t put nobody in my shoes ’cause I don’t feel like they could handle it. If I didn’t have God in my life, if I didn’t have people praying for me, I don’t know if I could have handled it.”

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Deal also said he "knew that somebody was going to die that night." He had a feeling someone "was going to get shot," and he did "everything in" his power to protect Diddy. “The people that was bodyguarding Big didn’t do everything in their power to stop it from being Big. And that hurts me, even though it wasn’t my principle. Every time you hear his music, every time you see one of these murals on the wall, now they got statues. It’s gon’ hurt until God takes me away from here.”


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Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.