DETROIT (AP) — The owner of the studio where hip-hop megastar Eminem recorded the multimillion-selling CD, The Slim Shady LP, was found shot to death Tuesday inside the facility, police said.
Investigators had not determined a motive in the slaying of Amjed A. (A.J.) Abdallah, said Detective Lt. Norman Raymond.
A business associate of Abdallah found the 36-year-old native of Jordan on the floor of Studio 8, Raymond said. He said police recovered three bullet casings from a .357-caliber revolver and determined that Abdallah had been shot twice.
Abdallah had likely been dead at least two days, Raymond said.
"There's a possibility of robbery," Raymond said. "People who use the studio told us to look for some fairly pricey equipment and it was missing."
Abdallah lived in a two-bedroom apartment over the two-story building on Eight Mile Road, which divides Ferndale and Detroit and inspired the title of Eminem's semi-autobiographical 2002 movie, 8 Mile.
Abdallah had not reported any threats or problems at Studio 8, and interviews with several people did not indicate that Abdallah had enemies, Raymond said.
"Everybody says he was a prince of a guy," the detective said. "He did record for rappers, gangster rap and hip-hop, but we haven't found anyone who had any particular problem with him yet."
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, recorded The Slim Shady LP at Studio 8 in 1997, and the album set the rapper on a path to superstardom. The CD has sold nearly 5 million copies since it was released in 1999.
Grubb & Ellis, real estate firm, listed the building Dec. 15 on the eBay online auction site, asking $215,000. David Giltner, senior vice president at Grubb & Ellis, told The Detroit News last month that Abdallah decided to sell the studio because he was spending more time in New York.