We had the scoop from Cathy Scott soon as the photo was first reported... Stay tuned to hear from Richard Garcia the Tupac Actor used in the photo recreation for a TruthAboutTupac.com Exlusive

Tupac Actor -- That's NOT Real Tupac Autopsy Pic in Banned Music Video

The ghost of Tupac Shakur is haunting Wyclef Jean ... whose music video just got yanked from YouTube because someone thinks it features a grisly pic of 'Pac's autopsy -- but TMZ has learned it's just an impersonator with great makeup.

The scene in Wyclef's "April Showers" video looks eerily similar to an infamous photo of Tupac's corpse -- partially cut open during his autopsy -- and published in Cathy Scott's book, "The Killing of Tupac Shakur."

Scott tells us she's convinced the image in the video is the real deal -- she's the one who complained to YouTube -- but Tupac impersonator Richard Garcia tells TMZ he's actually the stiff. 

Garcia says he was hired to re-create the autopsy for the video's anti-gun violence theme -- and it required 8 hours of makeup ... even though it only appears for a quick moment.

We told Scott about Garcia's role -- but she insists the image is TOO perfect, and must be the photo.

Our guess ... the video will be back on YouTube soon.
See Wyclef's video "April Showers" here: http://www.tmz.com/2014/05/08/tupac-shakur-impersonator-autopsy-pho...

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Comment by Makaveli-Soldier on May 8, 2014 at 7:34am

I watched the video on TMZ earlier and it's blatantly obvious that it's not authentic. Although it only shows it for a split second, you can clearly tell it's a re-enactment. Also if you do pause it you can see the shoulder tatts are not the same as Pac's. However it is pretty insensitive of Wyclef to put that shit in a video, real or fake.

Comment by Jabari Brown on May 8, 2014 at 9:41am
The autopsy photo in Cathy Scott's book is a fake also. The Makaveli tattoo on his neck is missing
Comment by Lil Homie on May 8, 2014 at 11:27am

Wouldn't be the first time Cathy Scott thought a fake image was the real deal...

Comment by Cathy Scott on May 8, 2014 at 12:06pm

Want me to respond, or just ignore your comments?

Comment by Lil Homie on May 8, 2014 at 1:02pm

Yes. It would be nice for you to acknowledge your mistake at this point.

Comment by Pavan Sitlani on May 8, 2014 at 11:43pm

Cathy, I own a bridge in New York I would like to sell you, can we talk?

Comment by poetic pizaar on May 9, 2014 at 11:03am

It is better to go to the house of mourning,than to go to the house of feasting;for that is the end of all men irrespective of how we leave this bloody selfish world.PAC is in a better place starring at these fools thinking they got away with murder.

Comment by Lilly on May 9, 2014 at 9:53pm
I was completely disgusted with Wyclef recreating Tupac's autopsy picture in his video. Tupac's death is still a sensitive subject and his family and fans would like to see justice served in his killing. I believe this was tacky, insensitive, and poor judgement on Wycelf part. He knows that this would generate a buzz to draw people to his video. It's obvious he has no compassion for Pac's family. Did he have the common courtesy to reach out to the Shakur family to ask how they would feel with him included in his video. It's funny how the artist that didn't want to have anything to do with Tupac while alive tries to come up off his death to generate a buzz in there struggling career. I think Wyclef should issue an apology and also make a donation to The Tupac Shakur foundation.
Comment by Lilly on May 9, 2014 at 9:56pm
^^^^ typo in their struggling career. Cathy Scott, I actually viewed the makeup artist Instagram profile of her work on the video set, I am interested in hearing your take on this.
Comment by Cathy Scott on May 9, 2014 at 10:36pm

They re-created Tupac's autopsy from the only autopsy photo out there, which is mine. The director of the video told me that they used the photo as a guide to recreate it. You can't copy something and then claim it as your own. And that was the problem, but it's been resolved, as you've no doubt read, by mentioning the book in the credits. I did reach out to Afeni and her family, as well as her attorney (who she was working for at the time) letting them know, to be prepared, that a photo was coming out. We didn't tell them what it was, but my understanding afterward was that they thought someone had snuck a photo of Tupac in the hospital. I was on a BET show about a year afterward with Afeni and she didn't mention it. She has always appeared to be about Tupac's legacy and keeping his body of work alive through his music, movies and poems.


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