Rapper shot and killed Tuesday at a bar in Detroit.

*His Web site was updated Tuesday with the words “RIP Proof,” a tribute to the 32-year-old rapper who was gunned down yesterday morning at a nightclub along Eight Mile, the road made famous by the 2002 movie that starred his mentor and close friend, Eminem. 

Members of Proof’s family gathered at his home on Detroit’s northwest side upon hearing word of his death, reports AP. Vehicles lined the residential street in front of his two-story house as people hugged each other on the sidewalk. 

“Memorial service arrangements are still being made, and his friends and family would appreciate privacy during this difficult time,” read a statement from Dennis Dennehy, the publicist for D12’s label, Interscope Records. 

According to Detroit police spokesman James Tate, an argument at the C.C.C. nightclub escalated into gunfire inside the bar around 4:30 a.m. By the time police showed up, shooting victims Proof and a 35-year-old man were both taken from the bar in private vehicles.  Proof was dead on arrival at St. John Conner Creek, an outpatient treatment facility. The other victim was listed in critical condition at St. John Health System.

Detectives and evidence technicians were still inside the bar Tuesday morning, as police marked shell casings in a parking lot across the street. Authorities are searching for the gunman and ask that anyone with any information on the shooting come forward.

The bar, which was operating outside of its licensed hours when the incident occurred, is a hot spot for criminal activity on the city’s east side, according to patrol cops. Tate said police have taken 18 incident reports there since 1996. The latest was a vice raid in December in which six tickets were issued, most involving minors possessing or drinking alcohol. 

Proof, born Deshaun Holton, was the best man at Eminem’s wedding in January, and they have been close friends since before Eminem became famous. In an eerie bout of irony, Em’s video for “Like Toy Soldiers” shows the rapper pacing the hospital halls as doctors try to revive Proof – who had just been shot. Later in the clip, Em is shown at Proof’s funeral, as he raps about the escalation of violence among hip hop artists.

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