Nashawn Breedlove Dies: Rapper and ‘8 Mile’ Actor Was 46

Nashawn Breedlove (Credit: Facebook)

Nashawn Breedlove, a rapper who played the character Lotto in the film 8 Mile, has died. He was 46.

Breedlove died in his sleep on Sunday at his home in New Jersey, a family member told TMZ. No cause of death was given.

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The rapper’s mother Patricia A. Breedlove confirmed his death on Tuesday in a tribute post on Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of my beloved son Nashawn Breedlove’s passing,” she wrote. “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.”

She concluded, “I love you my son, nothing but death can keep us apart.”

Eminem and Nashawn Breedlove in 8 Mile. (Credit: Universal Pictures)
Eminem and Nashawn Breedlove in 8 Mile. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

Breedlove was featured in a scene battle-rapping with Eminem in the 2002 film, which won the “Lose Yourself” rapper an Oscar for Best Original Song.

Before landing a role in 8 mile, Breedlove rapped under the stage name OX.

His song “Don’t Talk Sh-t” was featured on the soundtrack for The Wash, a 2001 comedy film from DJ Pooh starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.