Nashawn Breedlove, Rapper and Actor in '8 Mile', Dead at 46
Rapper and actor Nashawn Breedlove, known for his role in the film 8 Mile, has died at 46.
Nashawn Breedlove, the talented rapper and actor who graced the silver screen alongside Eminem in the iconic film 8 Mile, has tragically passed away at the age of 46.
According to a family member who spoke to TMZ, Breedlove peacefully passed away in his sleep at his residence in New Jersey. The exact cause of his death remains unknown, leaving his loved ones and fans with a profound sense of loss.
Breedlove's mother, Patricia, took to Facebook to confirm the devastating news and pay tribute to her son. In her heartfelt post, she described Nashawn as a multifaceted artist, highlighting his skills as a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. She expressed the immense void left in her life and the indescribable pain she feels, emphasizing that Nashawn was not just her son but a remarkable individual who inspired everyone he encountered.
The late artist gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of Lotto, one of Eminem's rap battle opponents in 8 Mile. In a memorable scene, Lotto delivered the line, "I feel bad I gotta murder that dude from Leave It to Beaver," referring to Eminem's character, B-Rabbit. Despite the fierce competition, Eminem's character emerged victorious in the showdown.
Prior to his breakthrough role in 8 Mile, Breedlove went by the stage name OX and contributed to the soundtrack of the 2001 film The Wash, which starred Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. This early exposure showcased his talent and set the stage for his future success.
Following the news of Breedlove's passing, fans and loved ones took to social media to honor his memory and celebrate his artistic prowess. Rapper Mickey Factz shared a clip of Breedlove's rap battle scene from 8 Mile on Instagram, acknowledging him as one of the few emcees to outshine Eminem. Factz affectionately referred to him as OX and expressed admiration for his tenacity and aggressiveness.
Another rapper, Daylyt, lamented the fact that Breedlove was the first MC to be robbed of victory in a rap battle, paying tribute with the words "Rip lotto." Meanwhile, a user reminisced about meeting Breedlove during their teenage years when he was part of a group called The Now. This encounter left a lasting impression, as they described The Now as the most talented group of emcees they had ever encountered.
Latisha Harper, Breedlove's former girlfriend and the mother of his child, also shared her thoughts on Factz's post. Harper fondly remembered Breedlove as a humble individual who remained unaware of his true fanbase. She praised his exceptional talent, stating that he not only excelled as an MC but possessed an incredible singing voice that rivaled that of Luther Vandross. Harper expressed her unwavering support for Breedlove and asked for prayers to help her and their son find strength during this difficult time.
The passing of Nashawn Breedlove has left a void in the entertainment world, but his legacy will continue to live on through his impactful contributions to music and film. As we mourn the loss of this extraordinary artist, let us remember his talent, charisma, and the lasting impression he made on all who had the privilege of crossing his path.