The Sun reports 50 Cent is confident his mentor Eminem will bounce back despite the tragic death of best friend Proof, in addition to his pending second divorce from Kim Mathers. “Eminem’s coming along. He’s gonna be all right,” 50 said. “I mean, it was definitely a big loss for him. Proof was actually his best friend in the world from forever.”
The Sun reports Eminem has moved to patch things up with his dying mother Debbie Nelson, by footing her medical bills. “The nightmare Debbie has been going through with her cancer has put everything in perspective,” a friend said. Em has agreed to foot the $380,000 bill for his mother’s medical treatment. The insider added, “She is very weak and knows the prognosis is bleak. She is desperate to build bridges with her son and put things right before it’s too late.” Read more.
Eminem and 50 Cent were videotaped leaving the Detroit funeral of slain fellow rapper Proof. Em and 50 left via the rear of the Fellowship Chapel, on Detroit’s West Outer Drive after attending the four-hour-long funeral service to commemorate the death of Proof, who was fatally shot last week. Footage at splash-video.com requires an account.
The Detroit Free Press reports that a capacity crowd of about 2,000 people filled Fellowship Chapel on Wednesday to mourn D12 rapper Proof. People waited in lines that wrapped around the church to get into the scheduled 11 a.m. service, which started about 45 minutes late to accommodate the crowd’s entry. Among those in attendance were Eminem, 50 Cent, Obie Trice, D12 members Bizarre, Kuniva, Kon Artis and Swift, and Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg. Visibly worn out, Eminem broke down in tears when speaking. “He taught me how to be a leader,” Eminem said. “I’m sure everybody who has ever met him, even just once, can testify to the fact that he illuminated a room when he walked in it. I believe that Proof loved people and people loved him. He was a magnet. He lured you in. You wanted to learn about him, follow his swagger. Without Proof, there would be no Eminem, no Slim Shady, no D12.”
Eminem posted the following message on his official web site on Thursday (April 13): “You don’t know where to begin when you lose somebody who’s been such a big part of your life for so long. Proof and I were brothers. He pushed me to become who I am. Without Proof’s guidance and encouragement there would have been a Marshall Mathers, but probably not an Eminem and certainly never a Slim Shady. Not a day will go by without his spirit and influence around us all. He will be missed as a friend, father and both the heart and ambassador of Detroit hip-hop. Right now, there’s a lot of people focusing on the way he died. I want to remember the way he lived. Proof was funny, he was smart, he was charming. He inspired everyone around him. He can never, ever be replaced. He was, and always will be, my best friend.”
A close from of Eminem tells MediaTakeOut.com that the rapper may be suicidal after the break-up with his two-time wife Kim Mathers and the recent death of his best friend Proof. “I’m not sure that [Eminem] can handle all this,” the pal said. “I’m worried that he may try to hurt himself.”
The Daily Star reports that Kim Mathers is going after Eminem for a staggering $50 million divorce settlement after their three month marriage ended. “She is going for gold,” Kim’s friend said. “He is worth about £100 million ($175 million) and she wants a big chunk. This will be one of the biggest, nastiest, costliest divorces the music industry has ever seen.”
A German television show has footage of Eminem outside a Detroit hospital appearing to be in tears after seeing his best friend Proof had been killed. Watch the report at YouTube.com.
Kelley L Carter of the Detroit Free Press offered additional insight on the life and death of D12 rapper Proof, who was Eminem’s best man and served as Slim’s hype man on tour. A source close to Eminem said Tuesday that Eminem was devastated, and that the pair had been particularly close over the past few weeks, as Eminem’s second marriage to Kim Mathers unraveled. D12 bandmate Denaun Porter, aka Kon Artis, said, “I just don’t know how to feel right now. It’s crazy because we’re suffering all these losses. We lost Bugz. Now we lost Proof. I just don’t know, you know what I mean? We’re all so messed up. Whatever happened, whoever this dude is, is still around. This is just crazy.”
Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times profiled Eminem’s friendship with slain rapper Proof. He writes, “Three months ago, the rapper called Proof stood and gave the best man’s toast at the wedding of Eminem, adding another scrapbook moment to a long friendship that had begun when both were children in Detroit dreaming of stardom. That toast would be one of the pair’s last shared moments.” LATimes.com has since removed the article.