D12 talked with Tim Westwood on BBC 1Xtra about Bizarre’s new album and his birthday, Eminem’s recovery, and losing Bugz and Proof. “We always kept in touch,” Kuniva said. “We always were in the studio when he’s in there. He’ll be lookin how he looks and it didn’t look good at the time. At that time he really had to go through what he went through and hit bottom, because he can only help himself. He didn’t recognize his own problem until it all came.” The discussion prompted Bizarre to joke that nobody talks about his addiction to horse tranquilizers. Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Tim Westwood welcomed Eminem in the Radio 1 studios in London the other night, where the rapper set the record straight on Mariah Carey, talked about his new album ‘Relapse’, and his “really rough time” following the shooting death of his close friend and hype man Proof. Watch the two-part interview via YouTube below.
The bouncer who fatally shot Proof in April was set free on Thursday (October 26) in Detroit. Wayne County Circuit Judge Vera Massey Jones sentenced 28-year-old Mario Etheridge to time served and a $2,000 fine after being convicted last month of carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm in a dwelling or occupied structure, according to the Detroit Free Press.
MTV News reports that a Detroit-area prosecutor said Tuesday (May 30) that the bouncer who shot and killed D-12 rapper Proof on April 11th acted in his cousin’s defense and will not face murder charges. In a press conference Tuesday, Etheridge Worthy said the evidence clearly shows that Etheridge acted in lawful defense of his 35-year-old cousin, Keith Bender, the man allegedly shot by Proof. Read more.
According to a police report obtained by the Detroit Free Press, slain D12 rapper Proof got into an argument during a pool game at the CCC club with another man and turned his anger to Keith Bender at some point. “You want some of this?” Randall Upshaw, attorney for bouncer Mario Etheridge, said Proof told Bender. A fight ensued and Etheridge fired two rounds into the ceiling attempting to quell the situation, according to the police report in Etheridge’s court file. Upshaw said Etheridge got the gun from an unknown person. Proof left at some point, returning with a gun he retrieved from a friend, Upshaw said. Proof pistol-whipped Bender before shooting him in the face, Upshaw said. More details on Etheridge’s court appearance have since been removed from freep.com.
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 Las Vegas Review Journal reports slain rapper Proof was with members of his entourage in Las Vegas last fall when they encountered Suge Knight by accident at 6 a.m. in a local casino. Emotions were high when Kid Rock walked up and calmed both parties, according to an insider.
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.”
The Detroit News reports that Keith Bender Jr. became the second fatality in a shooting that took the life of local rapper Proof last week. Bender, 35, died early this morning at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, spokeswoman Wende Berry said. The Detroit resident had been in critical at the hospital since the shooting last Tuesday morning.
The Detroit News reports that a viewing for Detroit rapper Proof, who was shot and killed this week at a club in Detroit, will be held Tuesday at the Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit. The viewing will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be open to the public.