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7 Little Known Facts About The Late D12 Rapper Proof [PHOTOS]


D12 rapper Proof was fatally shot on the morning of April 11, 2006 in a Detroit club that was illegally operating after hours. The Detroit native, born DeShaun Holt, was just 32 when he was killed.

After an altercation broke out during a game of billiards at the CCC Club on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan, Proof was shot four times and killed on site. A pool game between him and Keith Bender turned into a heated argument, which then escalated into a physical altercation. An inebriated Proof shot at Bender right before Bender’s cousin and club bouncer Mario Etheridge shot at the rapper, killing him instantly, with two to the head and two to the back. Bender died in the hospital a week later.

Much is to be said about Proof, a Detroit legend who, according to loved ones,  cared for others through help and guidance. He used his fame to work for the benefits of local musicians, and  fervently cultivated one of Hip-Hop’s greatest lyricists of all time – lifelong comrade, Eminem.

In honor of Proof’s death anniversary, we’ve compiled a brief list of little  known facts about the Hip-Hop notable who left the world and the culture far too soon. Flip the page for more. May he rest in peace.


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  • SnowStormsinDetroit

    Another thing people don’t know.. Is Proof would murder eminem in battles.. Each and everytime..,

    He was a freestyle GOD… But couldn’t write a dope rhyme to save his life.

    But off the top of his head…. You honestly would not believe how much heat he’d bring.

  • Detroit Man

    Proof wasn’t sh*t. Don’t forget that he (Proof) shot another guy first that day. Proof knew full well that blacks ALWAYS talk crap if they’re beating you at a game (pool, horseshoes, cards), it’s part of the culture. It’s been that way for centuries… All of a sudden, he is too big of a star to play by the rules (which every black person knows well) of somebody talking stuff if they’re beating you at a game.

    • Paulina Jaye

      Yeah like Proof was really that stupid that he would throw his life and career away over something that petty. Why don’t people like you try doing some research before you go yapping your lips about stuff you have no clue about? Anybody that was there knows that the only
      person that fired a weapon that night was the bouncer. You shouldn’t
      speak on things that you have no knowledge of. There are things that
      went on in that club that the public has no clue about or the cover up
      that went on afterwards. There’s a whole lot more to this incident than
      what was reported by the press.

  • dubaiboy

    folks also don’t remember PROOF used to be managed by fashion designer Maurce Malone! (another Detroit scion)