DeShaun Dupree Holton (October 2, 1973 – April 11, 2006), better known as Proof , was a Detroit hip hop rapper and member of the rap groups D12 and 5 Elementz . Although Proof first rose to national prominence as a part of the rap group D12 , he had been fairly successful on his own Most notably, he was featured in The Source's Unsigned Hype column in 1999 and came close to winning the 1998 Blaze Battle His first television appearance can be seen in the Aaliyah video " Age Ain't Nothing But a Number ". In 2000, Proof toured along with Eminem , Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in the Up In Smoke Tour as a backup rapper for Eminem . He rose to prominence in 2001 with the release of Devil's Night , D12 's debut album with Interscope Records . The following year, Proof collaborated with Dogmatic on Promatic and joined Eminem's "Anger Management" tour in support of the release. He also appeared in Eminem's semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile; although in the film the character based on him, Future , was portrayed by Mekhi Phifer , he appeared as Lil' Tic, a freestyle rapper who trounces the lead character with his battle verse. On April 11, 2006, Proof was killed by a gunshot wound to the head at the CCC Club by Mario Etheridge on 8 Mile Road in Detroit, Michigan after fatally shooting U.S. military veteran Keith Bender Jr. It is also believed that following a dispute over a pool game, Proof fired the first shots into Bender's head after taking his pistol and striking Bender several times in the face. According to the coroner, Proof had a blood alcohol content of 0.32. Proof was then shot by the bouncer Mario Etheridge, Bender's cousin. He was then taken by private vehicle to St. John Health s Conner Creek Campus, an outpatient emergency treatment site, and pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Bender's family began a wrongful death suit against Proof s estate. During the course of this suit, and in a subsequent magazine article, an alternative description of events emerged.
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