Nashawn Breedlove, also known by the aliases Lotto and Ox, has passed away at the age of 46. He was best known for his role alongside Eminem in the movie “8 Mile.”
Breedlove’s mother, Patricia, confirmed her son’s death on Facebook, writing: “With a heavy heart, I share the news of the passing of my beloved son, Nashawn Breedlove. Many of you knew him by the alias ‘Lotto, ox,’ a name that reflected his resilience and determination. Nashawn was a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor, and no one could deny his talent.”
She continued: “Nashawn’s departure from this world has left a huge void in my life, a void that words cannot fully express. He was not just my son – he was an admirable person, whose character and strength inspired all who crossed his path.”
The cause of the rapper and actor’s death has not been disclosed by the media.
Nashawn Breedlove played a significant role in “8 Mile,” where he engaged in a rap battle with Eminem’s character, B-Rabbit, in the movie’s final freestyle competition. In the second round of the contest, Lotto delivered a scathing verse that nearly knocked B-Rabbit out of the competition. However, even though it was just a movie, Lotto had loyal supporters who believed he was unjustly denied victory.
Before his appearance in “8 Mile,” Breedlove contributed a song to the 2001 film “The Wash,” starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The track, “Don’t Talk Shit,” was released under his other alias, “Ox.”
In a parallel universe, 50 Cent recently announced that the movie, a somewhat autobiographical account of Eminem’s life, will be adapted into a television series.
‘I’m bringing 8 Mile to television,’ 50 Cent revealed, adding that Eminem fully agrees and is expected to take on the production of the series. Eminem won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003 for ‘Lose Yourself’ from the movie’s soundtrack.