Eminem’s sister-in-law has been found dead of a drug overdose, according to reports from Radar Online. 40-year-old Dawn Scott was found by Warren, Michigan police on Tuesday. They said that her death was the result of an apparent heroin overdose. Toxicology tests are being conducted to confirm this. Her body was found in a trailer park located about 15 minutes from the neighborhood in which she grew up with Eminem.
Ms. Scott was homeless at the time of her death and just a few months ago stated that she and her on-again-off-again boyfriend Les Martin had reached out to Eminem for assistance but that he has refused it to her. A few months ago, Martin told Radar Online about Kim.
“…doing any kind of drugs she could get her hands on… Heroin, cocaine, Adderall. If it was a pill, she would take it… Klonopin were her downfall. She was swallowing them things like candy.”
Scott was the twin sister of Eminem’s wife Kim and the mother of their adopted daughter Alaina. Daily Mail reports that she had been homeless since 2014. Dawn and Kim ran away from home together when Eminem was just 15-years-old. He and Kim married in 1999, divorced in 2001, and re-married in 2006 for just four months.
Eminem was the target of accusations from Scott that he had struck her sister while they were married, as well as claims that he cheated on her with his life coach. She has also stated that when she signed custody of her daughter over to Eminem, it was her understanding that she would be allowed to see her on the weekends, but, she claims, that never happened.
Eminem has a long history of struggles with his family. For years his music included lyrics about his mother, in which he talked about her behavior during the difficult times growing up in Detroit. In his songs, he described her prescription pill addiction and many behaviors that accompany addiction. In his 2002 movie 8 Mile one of the characters represents how he viewed his mother at the time. The character was verbally abusive and alcoholic. In May of 2014, Eminem released a song titled Headlights in which he talks about many of the hardships he endured growing up, but says that he forgives her. In the lyrics to this song he expresses a greater understanding of why she behaved the way she did.
In a 2013 documentary titled How to Make Money Selling Drugs, Eminem discussed his own struggle with addiction. NME reported that in an interview about that documentary, he said that his struggle was with prescription medications like Xanax, Vicodin, and Valium. In that same interview he described his low point, when an overdose nearly killed him.
“My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything… They didn’t think I was going to make it. My bottom was going to be death,”
Eminem has admitted taking up to 60 Valium and 30 Vicodin in a day, and claims that he once overdosed on Methadone after doing what doctors told him was the equivalent of four bags of heroin. He claims that doctors told him he had come within hours of dying.
Eminem and Elton John became friends in 2001 and it’s been reported that in 2009, Elton John reached out to him to help him overcome his addiction.
Eminem’s real name is Marshall Mathers. He’s 43-years-old and has received a variety of awards including an Oscar in 2003 for Best Original Music in the movie 8 Mile, 14 American Music Awards, a BET Hip-Hope Award for Lyricist of the Year in 2011, and two Grammys in 2014 (one for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for The Monster and one for Best Rap Album for The Marshall Mathers LP 2).
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