Proof, Childhood Friend Of Eminem, Passed Five Years Ago Today

Today marks the untimely passing and senseless killing of Detroit mainstay, gifted freestyle battle rapper and best bud to hometown hero EminemDeShaun “Big Proof” Holton. Proof was killed as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest on the grounds of the CCC Club in Detroit at the hands of security guard Mario Etheridge – shortly after Proof shot Etheridge’s cousin Keith Bender, Jr.

Etheridge shot Holton three times in retaliation to the shooting of his family member, with Proof expiring on the spot. Bender died just a week later due to complications from a head wound. A friend of Proof’s came forward in a XXL magazine interview stating his account of the altercation between Proof and Bender.

The gentleman shared that he agreed with police reports and witness accounts that Proof had been drinking heavily and that a fracas did ensue between the D12 rapper and Bender. Proof’s friend, however, elaborated that Proof may have been following Etheridge’s intimidating lead, as the security guard fired a round in the air in an attempt to calm down the argument between Bender and Holton over a pool game gone afoul. Read more…