According to news making headlines, it appears that Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, has just lost his dad – a man he claims he had never met. According to the reports, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr. died earlier this week after suffering a heart attack at his home near Fort Wayne.
The rapper’s mother, Debbie Nelson Mathers, married Bruce in 1970 when she was just 15 and they welcomed Eminem two years later. The couple broke up soon after their son was born and Bruce left the family in Detroit, moved to California where he later had two more children, Michael and Sarah.
Although Eminem claimed he never met his dad, the 15-time Grammy winner frequently reflected the ill-will he felt towards his father in his songs, “My Name Is” and “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”, where he rapped saying;
I was a baby, maybe I was just a couple of months / My f—-t father must have had his panties up in a bunch / ‘Cause he split, I wonder if he even kissed me goodbye / No I don’t / On second thought I just f–king wished he would die.
Eminem’s mother also disclosed in an interview back in 1999 that Eminem wrote and mailed a few letters to Bruce as a teenager, but they came back marked “return to sender.” In her words;
He tried to write to his father in the first years of his life, but the letters were always returned.
Bruce on his part in an interview back in 2001 after Eminem had become famous, claimed that he “desperately” wanted to meet his eldest child to “tell him that I love him.” In his words;
I want him to know that I’m here for him if he let’s me back into his life. I’m not interested in his money.
I just want to talk to him. I want him to know that I’m here for him if he lets me back into my life.
Bruce is survived by his three children, Eminem, Michael and Sarah, and his grandchildren Alaina, Hailie and Whitney, who are Eminem’s three daughters.