The rap community is mourning a talented freestyler.
8 Mile actor Nashawn Breedlove died in his sleep Sept. 24 at his home in New Jersey, according to TMZ. He was 46.
Nashawn played Lotto, who faces off in a rap battle against Eminem's B-Rabbit in the 2002 film loosely based on the "Lose Yourself" artist's life. His cause of death has not been confirmed.
Following Nashawn's passing, fellow rapper Mickey Factz posted a tribute the late artist and reflected on his legacy.
"RIP to one of the few emcee's to beat Eminem," he wrote Sept. 25 alongside a clip of Nashawn rapping in the movie. "Lotto from 8 Mile. Who's friends lovingly called him, OX. You will be missed for your tenacity and aggressiveness."
Fans flocked to the comment section to share their sadness.
"Thank you for posting this," one user wrote. "Nashawn was so humble and modest he didn't even know he had true fans. He was so talented."
The follower concluded his message, "I will always be his biggest fan. if yal only knew his talent. please pray for our strength it is needed. Thank you again @mickey.factz."
Meanwhile another shared a fond memory meeting the actor years ago, posting, "Irvington Stand Up Nashawn was one of Irvington's finest I was 13 years old when we meet had a lot of good memories of all you guys over the years really good guy."
A friend of Nashawn's also paid tribute, commenting on Mickey's post, "My best friend and brother since 15 years old. We been thru it all Rest Easy my bro luv u and the family and my nephew OX FOREVER."