Sad news out of Detroit today, as the family of hip hop icon Eminem (real name: Marshall Mathers) is mourning one of their own.
Dawn Scott - the sister of Mathers' ex-wife, Kim Scott (later Kim Mathers) - has passed away at the age of 40.
In addition to being Mathers' former sister in law, Dawn was the mother of his adopted daughter, Alaina.
A statement from police in Warren, Michigan reveals that Scott appears to have died of a heroin overdose.
A toxicology report will likely be released within the next week.
Sadly, Scott's longtime struggle with addiction has been well documented over the years.
In August of 2015, Scott gave an interview to Radar Online in which she blamed her sister and famous brother-in-law for refusing to help her get off the streets:
“I have a millionaire brother-in-law and a sister with money up the ass, but they’re refusing to give me any help,” Scott said.
“It’s a betrayal. He’s been part of our family since he was 15!”
Scott said at the time that she'd been homeless since 2014 and had repeatedly asked for help from her more fortunate relatives:
“One night I called my sister and told her I had nowhere to go,” Scott claimed.
“She said, ‘That’s not my problem. Don’t bother me,’ and hung up.”
Scott's longtime on-again, off-again boyfriend, Les Martin, says the mother of one became increasingly reliant on a number of substances in recent years:
“Heroin, cocaine, Adderall. If it was a pill, she would take it,” Martin says. “Klonopin were her downfall. She was swallowing them things like candy.”
At this time, Mathers has not yet spoken publicly on the matter.