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    See the whole series of articles here
    A Musical Tribute to Proof is posted here
    Funeral Arrangements
    Funeral arrangements for Proof have been solidified. The
    viewing will be held 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday at Swanson Funeral Home, 806 E Grand Blvd Detroit. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W. Outer Drive, Detroit.

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    SOHH.com / Daily Hip-Hop News / SOHH Exclusive: "King of Detroit" Argument Sparked Shooting, Says Witness
    SOHH Exclusive: "King of Detroit" Argument Sparked Shooting, Says Witness
    Thursday - April 13, 2006 by Jolene "foxxylady" Petipas

    Proof
    A source exclusive to SOHH.com has revealed that the argument that resulted in the death of D12 member Proof was initiated by the other victim in the shootout over a "King of Detroit" argument.
    As SOHH previously reported, Proof and Keith Bender got into a heated exchange at Triple C's nightclub early Tuesday morning (April 11) which lead to Proof pistol-whipping and shooting Bender. Proof was then gunned down by Bender's cousin as he stood over Bender.
    "[Bender] started an argument with Proof, knowing who he was," the source told SOHH. "Proof told him he didn't want to hear any bullshit and that he was 'King of Detroit' and stuck his hands in [Bender's] face.
    "Thankfully though, we had not only resolved our conflict, but we also restored our friendship." - Royce Da 5'9
    "The guy then pulled out his gun and then Proof pulled his out and shot -- hitting the guy," the source added. "The guy's cousin who is a bouncer at the club then shot Proof. They grabbed up the gun from the guy Proof shot and fled."
    According to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, Proof was shot three times in the head and the chest. He was pronounced dead on arrival at St. John Conner Creek Village in Detroit. Bender is currently in St. Johns Hospital and Medical Center in critical condition.
    On Wednesday afternoon (April 12), Mario Etheridge, a 28 year-old bouncer at the Triple C's nightclub, turned himself in to Detroit Police accompanied by his attorney Randall Upshaw. Upon arrest, he revealed he was Bender's cousin.
    Etheridge is still in custody and authorities are continuing to investigate whether he should face charges in the shooting, which Detroit Police said, might have been in self-defense. But SOHH.com sources say Etheridge surrendered out of self-preservation.
    "The guy turned himself in out of fear he was going to get got at by Proof's people," said the source. "Proof frequented the place and there is of course no way the bouncer or anyone else in the club didn't know who he was,"
    Proof's untimely death continues to overwhelm his fans and peers in the music industry.
    Today, Royce Da 5'9" expressed his feelings regarding the unfortunate passing of Proof in a statement.
    "I am deeply saddened by the murder of someone I called a good friend. I've known Proof for over nine years and will always remember him for the joy and life that he brought into every room he entered. We first met at Detroit's Hip Hop Shop where Proof was hosting open mics and was considered by most to be Detroit's freestyle king. Even then you could tell there was something special about him."
    "Some people might be familiar with a well-publicized beef that Proof and I had a couple of years ago," Royce added via the statement. "Thankfully though, we had not only resolved our conflict, but we also restored our friendship. Back in December, we went overseas together for a few spot dates in Europe where we had a chance to catch up on 'the good ole days.' We both laughed at how we sometimes forget how far we've come, until you look out of your hotel window and see London's Big Ben or Paris's EiffelTower. On that tour we had a chance to visit cities we never even knew existed. Not bad for two kids from Detroit, huh."
    "His death is such a loss for the hip hop community, and especially for the city of Detroit. I hope that he will be remembered for the talented artist and great person that he was, and not the tragedy that he fell victim to. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family, friends, and anyone that was ever touched by him."
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    Update: Proof's Killer Not Charged For Murder
    Friday - April 14, 2006 by Jolene "foxxylady" Petipas
    The suspect believed to have shot and killed Proof from the group D12 was charged today (April 14) with the two weapon related felonies and not the rapper's death.
    As SOHH previously reported, Proof (born Deshaun Holton) and Keith Bender got into a heated exchange at Triple C's nightclub early Tuesday morning (April 11) which lead to Proof both pistol-whipping and shooting Bender. Proof was then gunned down by Mario Etheridge, a bouncer at the Triple C's nightclub who was Bender's cousin.
    Etheridge, who surrendered himself to police on Wednesday afternoon (April 12), accompanied by his attorney Randall Upshaw, has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and discharge of a firearm in a dwelling or occupied structure.
    Both charges are felonies and carry a maximum penalty of 9 years in prison combined.
    "I am making a personal plea to the public to let the legal process take course," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy via a statement. "We do not want people taking the law into their own hands. The worst thing that could happen now would be to compound this situation by having anymore senseless deaths.
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    Update: Eminem and Proof's Lawyer Discuss The Rapper's Death
    Friday - April 14, 2006 by Jolene "foxxylady" Petipas
    Proof's closest friend and longtime collaborator Eminem released a statement expressing his feelings about his comrade's unfortunate passing yesterday (April 13).
    "You don't know where to begin when you lose somebody who's been such a big part of your life for so long," said Em.
    "Proof and I were brothers. He pushed me to become who I am. Without Proof's guidance and encouragement there would have been a Marshall Mathers, but probably not an Eminem and certainly never a Slim Shady. Not a day will go by without his spirit and influence around us all. He will be missed as a friend, father and both the heart and ambassador of Detroit Hip-Hop.
    "Right now, there's a lot of people focusing on the way he died," he added. "I want to remember the way he lived. Proof was funny, he was smart, he was charming. He inspired everyone around him. He can never, ever be replaced. He was, and always will be, my best friend."
    Proof's longtime attorney David Gorosh also spoke out yesterday disputing claims by the police that the rapper set off the shootout that left him dead and another man in critical condition by pulling his gun out first.
    "To indicate that Proof pulled the trigger first is reckless and quite frankly it will be proved to be untrue" Gorosh told the Detroit Free Press.
    As SOHH previously reported, Proof and Keith Bender got into a heated exchange at Triple C's nightclub early Tuesday morning (April 11) which lead to Proof both pistol-whipping and shooting Bender. Proof was then gunned down by Bender's cousin as he stood over Bender.
    A witness statement, obtained exclusively by SOHH.com, concurs with the theory that Proof did not initiate the gun battle but says the rapper shot out of self-defense.
    "The guy pulled out his gun and then Proof pulled his out and shot -- hitting the guy," the source told SOHH.com exclusively. "The guy's cousin who is a bouncer at the club then shot Proof. They grabbed up the gun from the guy Proof shot and fled."
    On Wednesday afternoon (April 12), Mario Etheridge, a bouncer at the Triple C's nightclub and Bender's cousin, turned himself in to Detroit Police accompanied by his attorney Randall Upshaw. Upshaw would then tell the press that his client did nothing illegal and that it, "It was Proof that shot the first shot."
    Gorosh responded to Upshaw's comments saying, "It's disingenuous to speak to the media to try and suggest that Proof shot first. There are ways to determine what shots were fired and by whom. Until all of the factual evidence has been evaluated, an opinion by the Detroit Police Department is premature."
    Etheridge still remains in custody and authorities are continuing to investigate whether he should face charges in the shooting, which Detroit Police said, might have been in self-defense. But SOHH.com sources divulged yesterday that Etheridge surrendered out of self-preservation.
    "The guy turned himself in out of fear he was going to get got at by Proof's people," said the source. "Proof frequented the place and there is of course no way the bouncer or anyone else in the club didn't know who he was."
    Proof (born Deshaun Holton) was 32 and is survived by his wife and five children. His funeral arrangements are listed at the top of this post
    Peace,

    Mama ASID
    ASID HI Power Sound & BadGals-Radio.com
    "Live for today, so you know it's real.."

  • #2
    I really really hope it's not flooded with paparrazi trying to get pics of em and d12 crying and shit, those people have no heart
    Originally posted by Semtex
    who is the girl who sings on "crazy in love" on encore is that dina?
    Aaaaaaaw shit,
    Originally posted by 2Nice
    I wish it could've been 50 instead of Proof
    ^me too^

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      I wish I could go, but I don't really have free time to make that kind of road trip.

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