Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, California, on Thursday, according to his lawyer’s office.
The office of Los Angeles-based attorney James E. Blatt declined to say whether Knight was driving. It wasn’t immediately clear who else was involved in the incident.
There were two victims, said Sgt. Ryan Rouzan, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. One was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The other’s condition was not known.
Rouzan declined to identify any of the people involved. An investigation is ongoing.
Knight founded the successful Death Row Records in 1991, signing artists such as Snoop Doggy Dogg (since then known as Snoop Dogg and Snoop Lion) and Tupac Shakur.
Knight was driving the car in which Shakur was a passenger when the rapper was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996.
Shortly afterward, Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions. That prison time — along with Shakur’s death, feuds between Knight and a number of rappers and desertions by Dr. Dre, Snoop and others — contributed to the label’s bankruptcy in 2006.
In August, Knight and two other people were shot while inside a celebrity-filled Sunset Strip party hosted by singer Chris Brown on the eve of the MTV Video Music Awards.