‘8 Mile’ actor Nashawn Breedlove dies at 46

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Nashawn Breedlove (left) with Eminem in the movie “8 Mile”


Nashawn Breedlove, the artist best known for appearing in a rap battle against Eminem in the 2002 film “8 Mile,” has died at the age of 46.

His mother, Patricia Breedlove, confirmed his death in a post published on Facebook on Tuesday.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of my beloved son, Nashawn Breedlove. “Many of you knew him by his nickname ‘Lotto, Ox,’ a name that reflects his resilience and determination,” he wrote.

“Nashawn was a rapper, singer, songwriter and actor. No one can deny his talent,” the post continues.

Breedlove called her son “a remarkable man” whose “departure from this world leaves an enormous void in my life that words cannot fully express.”

It is unclear how Breedlove died, but other music industry figures paid tribute to her death.

“RIP to one of the few MCs to beat Eminem… 8 Mile to Lotto. Rapper Mickey Factz wrote in a post on Instagram, referencing the scene from the film in which he competes in a rap battle against Eminem’s character, whose friends affectionately call him OX.

“You will be remembered for your tenacity and aggressiveness,” he said.

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