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Actor and rapper Nashon Breedlove, known for his role in the film "The Eighth Mile," has died at the age of 46.

Breedlove died in his sleep at his home in New Jersey on Sunday, according to TMZ.

"No one can deny his talent," Breedlove's mother wrote on Facebook. "Neshaun's departure from this world has left a huge void in my life—one that cannot be fully expressed in words. I can't put into words the pain and pain I feel. He wasn't just my son he was a remarkable man whose character and strength inspired everyone who met him."

Director Curtis Hanson has died.

In the 2002 film based on the life of rapper Eminem, Breedlove took on the role of rapper Lotto, who takes on Eminem's character in a rap duel. He also appeared on the soundtrack to the 2001 film Car Wash.

Rapper Mickey Factz has memorized Breedlove as one of the few who "defeated Eminem". "We will miss you because of your strength and aggressiveness," he wrote on Instagram.

"Nashon was so humble and humble that he didn't even know he had any real fans," the post said.

"The 8th Mile" was a huge commercial success, also bringing an Oscar to Eminem for best original song.

The cause of Breedlove's death is not yet known, TMZ said, citing a family source.

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