De’Angelo Wilson, known for his role as Eminem’s friend “DJ Izm” in 8 Mile, was found dead in Los Angeles late last month.
According to Ohio’s Dayton Daily News, Wilson took his own life by hanging himself on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving.
The actor, who also starred in Denzel Washington’s film Antwone Fisher, was apparently going through a tough time, and had not worked in over 2 years.
A local hero in Dayton, Wilson was awarded the keys to the city and had a day named after him back in 2002 for pursuing his dreams of acting and overcoming the obstacles of poverty and the foster care system.
XXLMag.com caught up with Wilson’s 8 Mile co-star and good friend, Omar Benson Miller, to find out his reaction to the surprising news. “It’s a tragedy,” Miller told XXL. “He was a very positive individual, always trying to make better of his childhood.”
“[I guess] he [just] thought this was a better option,” Miller said when asked why he thinks Wilson decided to commit suicide.
Denzel Washington’s production company, Mundy Lane Entertainment, is currently in the process of putting together a memorial service for Wilson.-Jesse Gissen