Rapper and actor Nashawn Breedlove, who starred alongside Eminem in the hit 2002 film “8 Mile,” has died at the age of 46, his mother confirmed on social media Tuesday.
A family member told TMZ that Breedlove died in his sleep at his home in New Jersey on Sunday.
The cause of death is still unknown.
“Nashawn was a rapper, singer, songwriter and actor,” his mother Patricia Breedlove began in a Facebook post. “No one could deny his talent.”
“Nashawn’s departure from this world has left a huge void in my life, one that words cannot fully express.”
“I cannot express in words the pain and suffering I feel. He was not only my son; he was a remarkable man whose character and strength inspired all those who crossed his path,” she added.
Breedlove rose to fame after playing rapper Lotto in the film, loosely based on the life of “The Real Slim Shady” hitmaker.
The film’s final scene sees him and Eminem’s character, B-Rabbit, engaging in a heated rap battle.
Following the news of his death, rapper Mickey Factz posted a heartfelt tribute on social media alongside a clip of Breedlove rapping in “8 Mile.”
“RIP to one of the few entertainers to beat Eminem… 8 Mile Lotto. His friends affectionately called him, OX. We will miss you for your tenacity and aggressiveness,” he wrote on Instagram.
Latisha Harper, Breedlove’s ex-girlfriend with whom she shared a son, rushed to the comments section, writing that her ex was “so humble” and “didn’t even know he had real fans “.
“He was so talented,” Harper continued. “Not only Wa (sic), he is an amazing MC, he sings better than Luther. He blessed me with my son @youngzaak and I swear he’s Nashawn to the power of 10. I will always be his biggest fan. If only you knew his talent 🙌 please pray for our strength, it is needed. Thanks again @mickey.factz.
The couple’s son Zaak, 22, posted a photo of his father from the hit film on Instagram, writing: “RIP to my dad. The hip-hop legend.
Before landing the role, Breedlove went by the name OX and appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001 film “The Wash” which starred West Coast legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
New York Post