Proof’s Viewing Attracts More Than 4,000, Funeral Draws Early Crowd
Police estimate that more than 4,000 people assembled to pay respects to D12 MC Proof yesterday (April 18) at his public viewing at Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel. The Detroit Free Press reported that the rapper’s body was placed inside a gold-toned casket with his birth name, Deshaun D. Holton, etched at the bottom in English script. He will be laid to rest wearing his usual athletic warm-up suit and Kangol hat. On Monday (April 17), Proof’s family and famous friends assembled for a private viewing. Proof died after being involved in a shootout last Tuesday (April 11), which also left 35-year-old Keith Bender dead.
Today’s (April 19) funeral for Proof began at 11 a.m., but crowds started gathering outside the Fellowship Chapel around 8 a.m. A 14-page program was handed out to mourners, which included photos and testimonials about the late MC. Sixteen people were listed as pallbearers, including Proof’s manager Mark Hicks. Others were listed as honorary pallbearers, including Eminem, the remaining D12 members and Proof’s cousin Trick Trick. Proof’s body will be laid to rest at the Woodlawn Cemetery.