Actor and rapper Nashawn Breedlove, known for taking on Eminem in a rap battle in the film 8 Mile, died aged 46 on Tuesday.
Breedlove played the formidable opponent Lotto in the 2002 film, loosely based on rapper Eminem’s life, and appeared on the soundtrack for the 2001 film The Wash.
His mother, Patricia Breedlove confirmed his death on social media.
He died in his sleep at his home in New Jersey on Sunday, TMZ reported.
Rapper Mickey Factz remembered him as one of the few “to beat Eminem.”
“You will be missed for your tenacity and aggressiveness,” he added in the tribute posted to Instagram.
“No one could deny his talent,” his mother wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“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 paid tribute to Breedlove fondly remembering his scene in 8 Mile, when his character Lotto takes on Eminem’s B-Rabbit and raps, “I feel bad I gotta murder that dude from Leave it to Beaver”.
Though he ended up losing the battle, his performance left the entire crowd whooping and clapping in the film.
The film received critical acclaim and was a massive commercial success, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Lose Yourself by Eminem.
Breedlove also contributed to the soundtrack of the 2001 comedy film The Wash starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, under his stage name Ox.