The former stunt double of rapper Eminem has tragically died after being hit by a pickup truck.
Ryan Shepard was rushed to a local hospital after he was hit by a utility vehicle while attempting to cross a busy street in Kennewick, Washington state.
Sadly, he did not make it and was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital. He was 40.
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The fatality occurred at 2.45am on January 31, but Shepard’s brother, Kyle, only just confirmed the sad news with TMZ today. The driver was not injured and remained at the scene to speak with police.
Shepard worked not only as Eminem’s stunt double but also as his photo double and stand-in, with the doppelgänger famously flying into the 2002 MTV Movie Awards ceremony as Eminem’s superhero alter ego, Rap Boy.
He also appeared in American hip-hop group D12’s Purple Hills music video as the rapper’s clone.
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The Slim Shady lookalike also toured Europe and Japan with Eminem on his 2002 Anger Management Tour before he took a step back from the entertainment industry to work as a mechanical ride engineer for Disney.
In recent years, he worked as a test automation engineer for SpaceX. He is survived by his two daughters, aged seven and 11.
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The sad news comes days after Eminem’s daughter, 27-year-old actress Hailie Jade Mathers, announced her engagement to Evan McClintock.
“Casual weekend recap… 2.4.23 i love you @evanmcclintock11,” Hailie – who Eminem shares with his ex, Kim Mathers – shared on Instagram on February 7.
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