Proof, a member of the rap group D12 and a close friend of Eminem, was killed in a shooting at a Detroit nightclub along Eight Mile Road this morning.
The death of Proof – whose real name is Deshaun Holton – was confirmed by Dennis Dennehy, the publicist for D12’s label, Interscope Records.
“Memorial service arrangements are still being made, and his friends and family would appreciate privacy during this difficult time,” Dennehy said in a statement.
Proof was the best man at Eminem’s wedding in January and often appeared alongside the superstar rapper at concerts and public appearances.
Proof also appeared in the film 8 Mile.
Detroit police would not confirm that Proof was killed, but did say that two people were shot in the head – one fatally – at a nightclub on Eight Mile.
An argument at the CCC nightclub escalated into gunshots, Detroit police spokesman James Tate said.