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Eminem Feels 'Compassion' for Dying Mother

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May 05, 2009 | 4:12am EDT

Rap superstar Eminem is one step closer to reconciling with his estranged mother after understanding the devastating effects of drug abuse from his own addiction troubles.

The hitmaker -- real name Marshall Mathers III -- has been battling his drug demons since the release of his last album, Encore, in 2004.

He has been sober for a year, but the rapper admits it has been an uphill struggle to kick the habit that saw him pop 20 painkillers a day and almost overdose on methadone.

And Eminem reveals he's finally come to terms with the problems his mother, Debbie Mathers, faced as she battled her own addictions -- hinting that he's open to a reconciliation.

In a candid new interview with Vibe magazine, he says, "It never once hit me that drug addiction runs in my family.

"Now I understand that I'm an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it."

The pair has been feuding for a decade, but Debbie Mathers was recently reported to be dying after undergoing heart surgery.

Her mother Betty Kresin appealed to the rapper and his 13-year-old daughter Hailie to get in touch last month, telling the National Enquirer: "My daughter Debbie is very sick. Her dying wish is to reconcile with her son and see her granddaughter. It's do or die and Marshall needs to see her before it's too late."

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