8 mile actor Nashawn Breedlove dies aged 46
Nashawn Breedlove, the actor and rapper recognized for his role in a rap battle against Eminem in the movie “8 Mile,” has passed away at the age of 46.
Breedlove portrayed the formidable adversary Lotto in the 2002 film, which was loosely inspired by the life of rapper Eminem. He also contributed to the soundtrack of the 2001 film “The Wash.”
His mother confirmed his passing on social media on Tuesday. According to TMZ, he peacefully passed away in his sleep at his residence in New Jersey on Sunday.
Rapper Mickey Factz remembered him as one of the few who managed to “beat Eminem.” In an Instagram tribute, he added, “You will be missed for your tenacity and aggressiveness.”
A comment under the post praised Nashawn for his humility and modesty, noting that he may not have been aware of his true fans.
His mother, in a Facebook post on Tuesday, wrote, “No one could deny his talent,” expressing the profound void left by Nashawn’s departure.
She continued, “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.”
Many paying tribute to Breedlove fondly recalled his memorable scene in “8 Mile,” where his character Lotto faced off against Eminem’s B-Rabbit, delivering the iconic line, “I feel bad I gotta murder that dude from Leave it to Beaver.” Although he ultimately lost the battle, his performance electrified the crowd, as depicted in the film.
“8 Mile” received critical acclaim and achieved massive commercial success, earning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
Breedlove also contributed to the soundtrack of the 2001 comedy film The Wash starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, under his stage name Ox.
His cause of death is currently unknown, entertainment news site TMZ reported, citing family sources.