Eminem's biological father has passed away at the age of 67. The rapper frequently spoke about how his father, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr., abandoned Eminem and his mother.
Mathers died this week near Fort Wayne, Indiana. The news is confirmed by family members and neighbors, according to TMZ.
A family source told TMZ he apparently suffered a heart attack while at home. Eminem's real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III after his father.
Eminem had not pretended to have a relationship with his father. He rapped about never meeting him in person.
Two of the rapper's hit songs, "My Name Is" and "Cleanin' Out My Closet," spoke about the experience. It was clear Eminem felt resentful toward his father. reflect those feelings.
According to Eminem's mother, Debbie, the couple was married when Mathers was 22 and she was 15. They had their son two years later, and he left shortly after.
After the divorce, Eminem and his mother settled in Detroit with her family. Bruce moved to California where he had two other kids.
Eminem has said in interviews that he wrote letters to his dad as a child but they always came back "return to sender." The rapper said Mathers would sometimes call while family members were babysitting, but he would never actually talk to him on the phone.
In 2001, Bruce published a letter addressed to his son in a newspaper explaining his side of the story. He claimed that Eminem's mom kept him away.
Eminem apparently never got in contact with his father to reconcile. It's unclear if a reconciliation happened more recently.
Please pray for Eminem and his family. Even if he wasn't close to his father, this will still be a difficult time.