Actor and rapper Nashawn Breedlove has died at the age of 46, his family have confirmed.
The star, who famously took on Eminem in a rap battle in the film 8 Mile, died in his sleep on Sunday (24th September) at his home in New Jersey, a family member confirmed to TMZ.
The cause of his death is yet to be announced.
Breedlove rose to fame thanks to his musical talents, rapping under the stage name Ox.
In 2021, he featured on the soundtrack of the 2021 film The Wash, with the track Don’t Talk S**t.
He went on to appear as Lotto in 8 Mile, starring alongside Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger and Evan Jones and taking on Eminem’s B-Rabbit in a freestyle rap competition which the latter went on to win.
Despite losing the battle, his performance left the entire crowd cheering and clapping in the film.
The 2022 movie was a huge critical and commercial success, receiving an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Lose Yourself by Eminem.
Breedlove’s mother posted a tribute on Facebook to her son following the tragic news of his passing, praising his “resilience and determination”.
Patricia A Breedlove penned: “Nashawn was a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. No one could deny his talent."
She continued: “Nashawn’s departure from this world has left an immense void in my life, one that words cannot fully express. I can’t put into words the pain and hurt that I feel."
She added: “He was not just my son; he was a remarkable man whose character and strength inspired all who crossed his path.”
New York rapper Mickey Factz also paid tribute to the late star on Instagram, writing: “RIP to one of the few emcee’s to beat Eminem… Lotto from 8 Mile. Who’s friends lovingly called him, OX. You will be missed for your tenacity and aggressiveness.”