D12 member, Proof, was shot and killed on Tuesday morning (April 11) in Detroit, Michigan at an after-hours club on Eight Mile Road.
According to reports, Proof (real name: Deshaun Holton), 32, suffered a gunshot to the head at around 4:30 a.m. at the 3C club.
Police responded to a call at around 5 a.m., following reports of a fight and shots fired. By the time police had arrived, the club had been cleared out, but there were several witnesses who have come forward to talk to investigators.
The 3C club was operating illegally after hours.
Proof, along with an unidentified 35-year-old man, were both hit and transported to nearby hospitals. Proof was rushed to St. John Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The second victim was taken to St. John Hospital and listed in critical condition.
Proof was a member of the group D12, who was signed to Eminem’s Shady Records. He was a longtime friend of Eminem, who served as his hypeman when Em performed. He also was the rapper’s best man when he remarried his wife Kim Mathers in January.
The shooting is the second in the past three months to involve a member of Em’s Shady Records. Eminem protégé, Obie Trice, was shot back in December of 2005, while driving home from a party in Detroit. Arrests have yet to be made in that shooting.
As a part of D12, Proof enjoyed platinum success with their debut, Devil’s Night in 2001, and D12 World in 2004, which produced the hit single “My Band.”
He also released a solo album, titled Searching For Jerry Garcia, in 2005.
According to the Detroit Free Press, several friends of the slain rapper, including Detroit hip-hop DJs, radio personalities, rappers and producers, as well as Eminem and Obie Trice, planned to meet with Proof’s family at the hospital on Tuesday morning (April 11).
D12 was set to begin work on its third album this month.