Nashawn Breedlove, best known for his role in 8 Mile, has passed away at the age of 46.
The rapper died in his sleep on September 24 at his New Jersey home, TMZ reported. His family has not revealed the cause of death.
His death was first reported by Mickey Factz, who paid a heartbreaking tribute to the star.
Writing on social media, Factz said: “RIP to one of the few emcee’s to beat Eminem… Lotto from 8 Mile. Who’s friends lovingly called him, OX. You will be missed for your tenacity and aggressiveness.”
Battle rapper Daylyt also wrote: “The first mc who was ever robbed of his win in a rap battle! Rip lotto.”
Nashawn played Lotto in the 2002 film, which is based on Eminem’s life. In the movie, he rapped: “I feel bad I gotta murder that due from Leave It to Beaver” in reference to Eminem.
Before 8 Mile, Nashawn went by the stage name OX and was also featured on the soundtrack for ‘The Wash’ starring Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.
His grieving mother, Patricia, took to Facebook and confirmed the heartbreaking news, writing: “Nashawn was a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. No one could deny his talent. Nashawn’s departure from this world has left an immense void in my life, one that words cannot fully express.”
“I can’t put into words the pain and hurt that I feel. He was not just my son; he was a remarkable man whose character and strength inspired all who crossed his path,” the heartbroken mother added.
Loved ones and fans paid tribute to the rapper, with one person writing: “I met Ox when he was teens. He was in a group called The Now. Illest group of emcees I’ve ever met in my friggin life. They SMOKED my group in a showcase competition but they was humble and cool. Ox stood out. Super good dude.”
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