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  • April 19th: Hundreds of mourners line up for Proof funeral in Detroit

    The funeral program listed Eminem as an honorary pallbearer and said the two men shared the "friendship of a lifetime."

    The program said Proof was survived by his wife, Sharonda, and five children.

    Proof, whose real name was Deshaun Holton, was killed at the C.C.C. club on Eight Mile Road. Police say he first shot another man, Keith Bender, who died in a hospital on Tuesday.

    Friends and fans of the rapper lined up outside the Fellowship Chapel to get a seat for the 11 a.m. funeral. An elaborate hearse was parked outside, and limousines lined the church's driveway.

    Sean Stallworth, standing near the back of the line to enter the church, said he was a fan of Proof's music and felt it was important to pay his respects to somebody who was so influential in the Detroit hip-hop community.

    "He's from Detroit. I'm from Detroit," said Stallworth, 22. "He put us on the map."

    Proof was a member of the rap group D12 and had a small part in the 2002 Eminem movie, "8 Mile." He was the best man at Eminem's wedding in January.

    D12 also was on the list of honorary pallbearers.

    http://www.grandhaventribune.com/pai...0811826817.bsp
    Bless it
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    Respect isnt something that is given, you have to earn it.

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    Big crowds delay start of Proof's funeral

    The scheduled 11 a.m. start of the funeral for the rapper Proof was delayed by about 45 minutes as big crowds lined up at Fellowship Chapel to pay their respects to the Detroit hip-hop star.

    Family members and close friends entered the church at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. They were designated for early admission by the laminated passes around their necks, which featured Proof's image on each side of the card.

    Other mourners were still filing in after 11 a.m The church, which seats about 2,000, was filled to capacity, with no standing allowed.

    A full-color 14-page program was handed out to mourners, and included numerous testimonials and photos, including a nearly full page shot of Proof with his arm around Eminem. Among the notations: “Proof was the funniest cat I ever knew in my life,” signed by Duane (Legwork).

    Sixteen names were listed as pallbearers, mostly family and friends, including Mark Hicks, Proof’s longtime manager. Several others were listed as honorary pallbearers, including Eminem, the members of D12 and Detroit rapper Trick Trick.

    Earlier in the morning, hundreds of mourners waited to get into the service, forming a line that wrapped around the church. People had begun arriving at about 8 a.m. Cars were parked all along Outer Drive and nearby side streets, and an antique carriage drawn by white horses was waiting to transport the casket.

    The first two people in line were cousins from Detroit, Ebony Johnson, 18, and Dvonne Johnson, 14.

    “We’re here to pay our respects to Proof. He was from Detroit and he was a good rapper,” said Ebony Johnson.

    “Everybody thought he was a good man. He was repping his city,” added Dvonne.

    The law enforcement presence was heavy, including members of the Detroit Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police.

    Proof, who was 32, rested in his gold-toned casket dressed in an athletic suit and Kangol cap. His rap name and birth name, Deshaun D. Holton, were etched at the bottom of the casket in English script. He was surrounded by a huge display of flowers, blankets and other adornments.

    The burial was planned for Woodlawn Cemetery.

    Proof died in a gun battle last week in a club on 8 Mile Road in Detroit that was operating illegally after-hours. Authorities say Proof shot 35-year-old Keith Bender Jr. in the head at the C.C.C. Club early on April 11 after a fight. Another man -- a relative of Bender -- then shot Proof three times in the head and chest. Proof died almost immediately. Bender died Tuesday at St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

    http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...EWS99/60419002
    Bless it
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Respect isnt something that is given, you have to earn it.

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    • #3
      this is so sad, thanks for both articles. RIP
      Rest In Peace, Big Proof
      1973-2006

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      • #4
        thanks for the read...rip proof

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        • #5
          "honorary palbearers" does that mean they actually didn't act as one or what?

          Its so sad to read that.Its like the end of an era.

          R.I.P a true legend for sure.
          "You wanna be the one in control
          You wanna be the one who's alive
          You wanna be the one who gets old
          It's not a matter of luck - it's just a matter of time

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          • #6
            what is a palbearer?
            R.I.P. Proof
            1973-2006

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Blebo
              what is a palbearer?
              people who carry the casket out of the church to the hearse and into the cemetary.

              Honorary means they was named as one but didnt carry the casket
              Originally posted by Tone Riggz
              Akon has dry humped a teenage girl, tossed a kid off stage...i think for his next feat, he should diamond cutter Tito Jackson...

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              • #8
                Wow.... were the Fat Killahz there?

                Thats not really important but.... I feel like Proof didn't even die. Like it didnt happen. Im just a fan but still it seems so wierd because it was over something stupid.

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                • #9
                  found this, incase anyone wanted to see how big they did it up for proof. 24k gold casket.

                  http://editorial.gettyimages.com/sou...%7c0&p=7&tag=1
                  LAKESHORE ENTERTAINMENT

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                  • #10
                    ^link dont work

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                    • #11
                      http://editorial.gettyimages.com/sou...0%7c0&p=&tag=2
                      u can find pics there.
                      Last edited by Juke Boxx Jo; 04-19-2006, 01:30 PM.
                      "You wanna be the one in control
                      You wanna be the one who's alive
                      You wanna be the one who gets old
                      It's not a matter of luck - it's just a matter of time

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                      • #12
                        Boston Celtics
                        New England Patriots
                        Boston Red Sox

                        Hi haters.

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                        • #13
                          ^
                          That last pic is kinda poetic....

                          R.I.P man....
                          LOL @ You

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                          • #14
                            wow. theyre so sad
                            R.I.P. Proof
                            1973-2006

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