Eminem's childhood home burns down before MTV EMAs

Rapper's boarded-up former home on Detroit's 8 Mile damaged in mystery blaze

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Eminem

Eminem's childhood home burned down in a fire on Thursday (November 7).

The house, on Detroit's infamous 8 Mile, was boarded up and unoccupied and burned to the ground in a mystery blaze. Fans who have attended the scene report that nothing remains of the modest property.

Matt Toporek told local newspaper the Detroit Free Press that he had been to the house just a day before the fire and had seen the front door open. A day later, he returned to see nothing left. He said: "Just went inside and everything was burnt down; two days ago, it was fine. I don’t know who does this, but this is a Detroit legend. Depressing.”

Eminem won two awards – Global Icon and Best Hip Hop Act – at the MTV EMAs in Amsterdam on Sunday (Nov 10), and is thought to have learned of the fire while at the ceremony. The house, which Eminem moved into with his mum Deborah Mathers in 1987, featured on the cover of the star’s third album 'The Marshall Mathers LP' in 2000.

Firefighter were called to the scene on Thursday and were able to put out the fire, although portions of the top floor are said to have been destroyed. The house was most recently owned by Michigan Land Bank, a US Government program that manages empty properties, of which there are around 11,000 in Detroit.

Read More On This Artist

Eminem Merchandise
More News
Christina Aguilera releases new 'Nashville' track 'Shotgun' – listen
Metronomy and Mark Ronson added to Festival No. 6 line-up
Will Young posts new 'Like A River' video – watch
Metallica's Kirk Hammett reveals he lost his phone containing 250 unused guitar riffs
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to drug possession and threatening to kill former employee
Muse on meeting Kanye West: 'All he wanted to talk about was T-shirts'
Madonna deletes pro-Thatcher Instagram post following criticism from fans
Alice Cooper talks working with Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and AC/DC's Brian Johnson
Kanye West denies that he is an Illuminati member: 'We don't run anything; we’re...
Panic! At The Disco return with new song 'Hallelujah' – listen
Surfer Blood guitarist diagnosed with cancer
Courtney Barnett covers John Cale's 'Close Watch' – listen
Unknown Mortal Orchestra reveal new song 'Can't Keep Checking My Phone' – listen
Twin Shadow postpone UK tour dates following tour bus crash
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performs with The Sonics for Record Store Day – watch
Neil Young debuts new band and new songs at surprise gig – watch
Beck and Karen O cover Lou Reed songs at Rock And Roll Hall of Fame – watch
Liam Gallagher declines to comment on speculation regarding possible Oasis reunion
Madonna adds further dates to the Rebel Heart Tour 2015 due to demand
Jack White: 'Treat your local punk bands as well as you treat the new blockbuster movie'
Kanye West performs 'Alors On Danse' with Stromae at Coachella - watch
Zayn Malik tweets for the first time since leaving One Direction

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM