D-12 Rapper Proof Murdered, Suspect Turns Himself In

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Hip-hop has lost another one. Eminem's longtime friend, hype man, and D-12 peer, Proof (born DeShaun Holton), was shot and killed this morning. Proof reportedly suffered a gunshot to the head while at CCC Club on East 8 Mile Road. Another victim, Keith Bender, was struck as well, and is said to be in critical condition. The 32-year old Detroit rapper is one of many victims in Michigan's on-going hip-hop shootings.

Last year, another friend of Eminem's, Obie Trice was shot in the head, and he's still awaiting surgery to remove the bullet.

Update: New reports have surfaced on the circumstances surrounding Proof's death. According to police reports, Proof was involved in an altercation with a party close to 35-year old Keith Bender. It's been established so far that the rapper let off the first shot in the club shootout that ended his life.

The shot allegedly hit Bender in the head, leaving him in critical condition. Proof was shot in the head as well, but was pronounced dead on arrival at St. John Holy Cross Hospital. Mario Etheridge, a bouncer at the CCC club who is suspected to have shot Proof has reportedly turned himself in, and is being held in custody by the Detroit Police Department. Proof was the best man at Eminem's January 2006 wedding. Memorial arrangements are still being made for the dead rapper.



I fiind it strange that this is another case of life imitating art. Does anyone remember Eminem's music video for "Like Toy Soldiers," which depicts Proof being shot and hauled off to a hospital?