Eminem's '8-Mile' Co-Star Nashawn Breedlove Dies of 'Acute Intoxication': Autopsy Report
Nashawn Breedlove's cause of death has been disclosed, with the 8 Mile rapper-actor succumbing to acute intoxication from fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl, cocaine, and ethanol. The autopsy report from New Jersey's Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner ruled his death as accidental.
According to a family member, Breedlove passed away in his sleep on September 24 at his New Jersey residence at the age of 46. His mother, Patricia, confirmed the news on Facebook, describing Nashawn as a multitalented individual, rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor—whose departure left an indescribable void.
Breedlove gained prominence for his role as Lotto, one of Eminem's rap-battle adversaries in the film 8 Mile. His notable rap line in the movie referenced Eminem's character B-Rabbit, stating, "I feel bad I gotta murder that dude from Leave It to Beaver," in the climactic showdown.
Before 8 Mile, Breedlove used the stage name OX and contributed to the soundtrack of the 2001 film The Wash, featuring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
In tribute to the late star, rapper Mickey Factz shared a video clip of Breedlove rapping in 8 Mile on Instagram, commemorating him as one of the few emcees to go head-to-head with Eminem. Known affectionately as OX by friends, Breedlove's tenacity and aggressiveness were celebrated and will be missed.
The untimely death of Nashawn Breedlove serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges individuals in the entertainment industry may face, highlighting the broader issue of substance abuse and its devastating consequences. As the hip-hop community mourns the loss of this talented artist, his legacy will endure through his contributions to the iconic film 8 Mile and the soundtrack of The Wash.