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Sculptor Jeni Fairey, of the Tussauds Studio London, adds the final touches to the wax head of the late rapper Tupac Shakur in Los Angeles on March 16. The wax figure will unveiled at the Madame Tussaud Museum in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel on April 5.
updated 3/17/2006 4:35:45 PM ET 2006-03-17T21:35:45

Tupac Shakur will join the ranks of celebrities sculpted in wax at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas, the city where he was killed in a drive-by shooting nearly 10 years ago.

The 55-pound figure will go on display April 5 at The Venetian hotel-casino, it was announced Thursday. The slain rap star will be depicted shirtless, sporting a bandanna and proudly displaying his tattoos.

Shakur’s precise measurements are being reconstructed by sculptor Jeni Fairey — the woman behind the museum’s wax Beyoncé — with the help of photos provided by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.

After a viewing in Las Vegas, promoters say they plan to take “Tupac Eternal” on the road. It’s bound for Madame Tussauds galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, and London, and is expected to be exhibited at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Atlanta.

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