Fiancée Desiree Lindstrom and mom Arnett Simmons are saying goodbye to DMX, who passed away earlier today. The rapper was 50-years-old.
DMX, or Earl Simmons, died Friday, according to a statement from his family. He was on life support for the past few days and he “was a warrior who fought till the very end.”
Desiree Lindstrom and Arnett Simmons brought family and friends together for a prayer vigil held on Monday. The overwhelming support from those who loved DMX, including his fans, helped them get through the difficult time.
“We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time,” they expressed in the statement. It is a difficult time, indeed, as they mourn the loss of the 50-year-old rapper.
Last Friday DMX was rushed to White Plains hospital after he suffered a heart attack from a drug overdose. At the time, he was in a vegetative state and the prognosis did not look good.
Only two members of DMX ‘s family were allowed to enter the ICU over the weekend. DMX’s fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom, and his mom, Arnett Simmons, were by his side during the first stage of treatment.
DMX was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor who released his best-selling album, And Then There Was X in 1999. The album included the hit single Party Up (Up in Here). DMX has since been featured in films and television, and he published an autobiography entitled, E. A. R. L: The Autobiography of DMX. His last public performance was a Verzuz battle against Snoop Dogg, which garnered an audience of half a million.
The rapper had a wave of support from fellow performers over the past week. Among those who took to Twitter were Missy Elliott and Eminem.
DMX had a long history with drugs and substance abuse, something that was well-known in his performance circles. He attended rehab centers for addiction several times. His last visit was back in 2019, after completing a 12-month sentence for tax evasion.
DMX leaves behind 15 children, a loss that speaks to the world. In the family’s statement, they expressed their sorrow.
“Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world,” the statement read. “His iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle, and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once the details are finalized.”
DMX’s lifelong substance abuse issues and subsequent OD will forever mark the rapper’s legacy. But his family, friends, and fans will remember him as someone who put his family first. After the birth of his 15th child with fiancée Desiree Lindstrom DMX told TMZ that it was a “blessing.”
According to CNN, DMX canceled a planned concert tour back in 2019 to seek addiction treatment, explaining that he needed to start “putting family and sobriety first.”