Proof, D12 Rapper, Dead at 32posted 2006-04-11 13:52:57 by dmcnelis
Detroit MC Proof, a member of the group D12 and a close friend of Eminem, was shot and killed early this morning at a club in his hometown.
Detroit MC Proof, a member of the group D12 and a close friend of Eminem, was shot and killed early this morning at a club in his hometown, various sources report. At the moment, no suspects have been identified in the murder of the rapper, whose birth name was DeShaun Holton.
Proof was a prominent booster of the Detroit hip-hop scene; a skilled battle rapper, he helped cultivate the city's freestyle talent by hosting battles and mentoring young rappers. He was the basis for Mekhi Phifer's character in the 2002 film 8 Mile, and also appeared in the movie, playing a member of Eminem's entourage named Lil' Tic. After the success of that film, Proof hosted "Interscope Presents: The Next Episode", a rap competition on Showtime. His debut solo album, Searching for Jerry Garcia, was released in 2005.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Proof was a longtime friend of Eminem, and the genesis of D12 was his idea. When Eminem remarried Kim Mathers in January, Proof was his best man.
The Free Press also reports that anyone with information regarding the murder should contact the Detroit Police at 313-596-2260