LATEST: Hip-hop star Eminem decided to stay away from his uncle TODD NELSON's funeral last week (ends22OCT04) - because he "can't handle" the sad ceremonies.

Eminem, real name MARSHALL MATHERS, formed a close relationship with Nelson in the absence of his biological father. But while he paid for the Michigan, funeral, he opted against attending.

The STAN rapper's uncle STEVEN ROBERT NELSON says, "Marshall can't handle funerals. I know he would have been there if at all possible."

Eminem's grandmother BERRY KRESIN adds, "The family is very grateful and appreciative of what Marshall has done to help out."

Nelson is Eminem's second close relative to kill himself - the star's other uncle, RONNIE MATHERS, killed himself last year (03) following a traumatic break-up.

29/10/2004 02:29