Rapper, Eminem, has frequently made reference to a strained relationship with his father in his lyrics. Marshall Bruce Mathers Junior may have shared a name with his famous son, but that was basically as far as their relationship went. Eminem's dad reportedly married his mother when she was just fifteen, then abandoned the family to return to California where he had a whole other family.

While it's clear that the two had made attempts at reconciliation over the years, with Eminem's dad even publishing a letter to his son in a local newspaper, it seems like the pair never managed to fix their differences. And now, in a tragic end to the family drama, reports are surfacing that Marshall Bruce Mathers Junior has passed away aged sixty-seven, without ever managing to contact his estranged son.

Eminem has been outspoken about his strained relationship with his father.

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After walking out on Eminem and his mother, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr, known as Bruce, moved to California and started a new life with a different family. Eminem claims that he tried to reach out by writing childhood letters, but they were always returned to sender.

In more recent years, he took on another stance.

Rather than feeling sad about the breakdown of the relationship, it seemed like his primary emotion towards Bruce was anger.

Eminem often uses lyrics to express difficult emotions.

In the past, he rapped about his difficult and painful relationship with his dad in much of his music. He claims that his dad did used to try to call him, but that relatives would prevent the two from connecting over the phone.

In recent years, Bruce did reportedly attempt to reach out.

In an open letter, Bruce wrote, "Hello, son. You won't remember me, though I held you in my arms when you when you were a baby. You think I dumped you and your mother and never came looking for you. You're convinced I'm a drunk who never answered any of your letters. Well, I want you to read this and realize you've been fed lies all your life. Now you'll hear the truth for the first time." He went on: The one ambition left in my life is to give you a hug and tell you I've always loved you. I'd get on a plane right now, this second, and go anywhere in the world if you'd meet with me. Please get in touch."

Eminem reportedly claims that he never saw this letter.

And it appears that there was no love lost between the two. In his hit song, "Cleanin' Out My Closet," Eminem raps, "My fa***t father must've had his panties up in a bunch ‘Cause he split, I wonder if he even kissed me goodbye. No, I don't, on second thought, I just f**kin' wished he would die. I look at Hailie, and I couldn't picture leavin' her side." Bruce Mathers passed away in Fort Wayne, Indiana, aged sixty-seven years old.