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Eminem to fans: Thanks for help in dark times

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  • Eminem, who battled an addiction to prescription drugs, thanked his fans at a New York concert Thursday for helping him get through dark times.

      Eminem, who battled an addiction to prescription drugs, thanked his fans at a New York concert Thursday for helping him get through dark times.
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NEW YORK -- Eminem, who battled an addiction to prescription drugs, thanked his fans at a New York concert for helping him get through dark times.

The 39-year-old told hundreds Thursday night that he "wouldn't have gotten out of that dark place without y'all" before he performed the Grammy-winning song "Not Afraid." He said the performance was "dedicated to anybody tonight who's been through personal struggles."

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Eminem's addiction and climb to sobriety is detailed in his 2010 album "Recovery." It was that year's best-selling album.

At the Hammerstein Ballroom the rapper performed more than a dozen songs at an event for the watch brand G-Shock, including the hits "Lose Yourself," "Love the Way You Lie" and "The Real Slim Shady."

Hip-hop foursome Slaughterhouse opened for the Detroit-born rapper.

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