The murder had been suggested by top Illuminati pawn Suge Knight for some time, but several initial requests by Knight to the Jesuits was denied. Finally after the conflict with rival rapper The Notorious B.I.G. escalated to the proper level, Knight instructed one of his top young understudies at the time to take Shakur out. Knight called on the services of Sean "Puff Daddy" (or "P. Diddy) Combs to directly fund and lead the operation. Combs' operation was a success as they hospitalized Shakur, only for him to die days later.