Eric Hartter was a tattoo artist who fathered a child with Eminem‘s ex-wife, Kimberly Anne Scott. Eric was a drug dealer, and he never married Kim. He left her as she battled through drug and alcohol use. Eminem adopted the child and raised her along with his other kids.

The biological father of Whitney Scott Mathers, Eric Hartter, died on August 22, 2019. He was found dead by his mother in an abandoned house in Michigan. As per sources, Eric died from a suspected overdose. He was 40 years old at the time of his death.

Relation with Eminem’s Ex-Wife

Eminem and Kimberly Anne Scott were high-school sweethearts. Kim and her late twin sister moved in with Eminem when she was 13. The couple began and off the relationship. Their only daughter, Hailie Jade, was born in 1995.

Further, Eminem married Kim in 1999 but filed for divorce in 2001, accusing her of infidelity. After the divorce, Kim began dating Michigan native Eric and gave birth to Whitney in April 2002.

 Eric Hartter and Kim Anne Scott had a daughter, Whitney Scott, who was adopted by Kim's ex-husband, Eminem.
Image: Eric Hartter and Kim Anne Scott had a daughter, Whitney Scott, adopted by Kim’s ex-husband, Eminem.
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Although Eminem never met Eric, the rapper adopted his daughter. At the time, Kim found solace in drugs, and she was barely there for her child. She battled through substance abuse and went to the rehabilitation center as well.

On the other hand, Eric himself was a drug peddler. On July 3, 2019, one month before his death, Eric was sentenced to two months in prison and two years probation. He was found guilty of possessing drugs while in prison. He also had a felony warrant out of Macomb County.

Eminem and Kimberly Anne Scott

After their first divorce, Eminem said that he would never marry again. However, he remarried Kim in January 2006. He filed for divorce in April and agreed to joint custody of their daughter, Halie, like previous times.

Apart from Whitney and Hailie, Kimberly has another child, a son named Parker Scott, who has autism. Further, she hasn’t revealed the information about Parker’s father.

Kimberly Anne Scott and Eminem married twice, both resulting in divorce.
Image: Kimberly Anne Scott and Eminem married twice, resulting in divorce.

Eminem adopted Kim’s late sister’s child, Alaina Marie Mathers. Like Kimberly, her late twin sister, Dawn Scott, was also a drug user. She died in 2016 due to an overdose. Currently, Kim and Eminem are on good terms. Since their second divorce, Scott has relatively maintained a low profile.

Eric Hartter’s Death

In August 2019, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Hartter’s death. The outlets reported that he died of a suspected drug overdose.

A source close to the family stated that Eric struggled for years with drug addiction. Additionally, he had also been struggling with heroin abuse.

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