The LAPD said in a statement Saturday that the department has apologized for going public with a coroner's report on Christopher Wallace's death before speaking with the rap/hip hop star's family.
Wallace, known as Biggie Smalls, was killed by a still unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997.
Police said because of an administrative error, the autopsy report was released before Wallace's family was notified.
"Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family last night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release," said LAPD Capt. Billy Hayes, commanding officer of Robbery-Homicide Division.
"Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case."
Police said "the decision to release the autopsy report was done as an investigative tool, in the hopes that releasing the report would stimulate additional interest or bring forth witnesses or clues in the case."
Detectives assigned to the case continue to seek additional information and clues to the homicide that occurred in 1997. Wallace was fatally shot while leaving a music industry event outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact detectives at 1-877-527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should
call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.