Eminem‘s estranged father, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr., has died at the age of 67, TMZ reports.
According to the outlet, Mathers died this week near Fort Wayne, Indiana after suffering from a heart attack at home. Em’s strained relationship with his dad was often the subject of his earliest rhymes, as noted on records like “Cleanin Out My Closet.”
The song was book-ended years later on the Marshall Mathers LP sequel single “Headlights” feat. Nate Ruess, which saw Em apologizing to his mother, Debbie Nelson, and thanking her for “being my mom and my dad.”
Back in 2008, Nelson told MTV News that her son “never knew his father,” whom she married at the age of 15. She also described him as “abusive” and “hard-drinking.”
“I did all I could to make up for it,” she said at the time.
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