Nashawn Breedlove, the rapper and actor who played Lotto, Eminem’s rap battle opponent in 8 milesdied at the age of 46, his mother announced.
In the 2002 film loosely based on his own life, Eminem’s Jimmy defeats Breedlove’s character before confronting Papa Doc, played by Anthony Mackie.
TMZ first reported the news of Breedlove’s death on Tuesday (September 26), saying he died in his sleep at his home in New Jersey.
The actor’s mother, Patricia A. Breedlove, confirmed the information in a statement. Facebook post, writing: “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of my beloved son Nashawn Breedlove.”
Noting that many knew him by his aliases, Lotto and Ox, “a name that echoed his resilience and determination,” she added: “Nashawn was a rapper, singer, songwriter and actor. No one could deny his talent.
Rapper Mickey Factz remembered him as one of the few “who beat Eminem.”
“We will miss you for your tenacity and aggressiveness,” he added in the tribute posted on Instagram.
The cause of his death is currently unknown, TMZ reported, citing family sources.
Under his stage name Ox, Breedlove also appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001 comedy film. Washingwith Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, on the song “Don’t Talk S***”.
8 miles received critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
The film follows Jimmy (Eminem) or B-Rabbit as he takes on Detroit’s predominantly black rap scene.
Lotto (Breedlove) is a member of the rap group The Free World, Jimmy’s rivals in the film. Taking on Jimmy, Lotto raps: “I’ma spit a racial slur, damn it, sue me/This shit is a horror movie, but the black guy don’t die in this movie.” He adds, “You think these n****s are gonna feel the shit you say?/I have a better chance of joining the KKK.” »