American rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known by the stage name DMX or Dark Man X, died on Friday, his record label said, after he suffered a heart attack during what media reports said was a drug overdose. He was 50 years old.
He collapsed at home late on April 2. Celebrity publications TMZ and Billboard said he had overdosed on drugs triggering a heart attack.
As the world is mourning the death of the legendary rapper, they are also celebrating the life he lived and the lessons he taught them through his music and his sermons.
Ashanti: Devastating ... Me and X did a show together in Africa years ago..we chopped it up on the plane for a little while and I remember he asked if I wrote my own records as I sat writing in my notebook..I said yup... he smiled and said good.. When we landed we’re all walking off the plane and he grabs my hand and says let’s pray.. so my team and his wife (at the time)and his team formed a big circle in the airport..we all held hands.. and he delivered the most powerful, raw, beautiful prayer..straight from his heart..There were African dancers and drummers celebrating and welcoming us...and after the prayer we all started dancing together lol. I’m truly grateful to have witnessed and been a part of that. His energy & passion was unmatched. His music will continue to touch and inspire millions forever. Truly one of one. Sending an abundance of love and prayers to the entire family. Rest In Peace X #dmx #legend 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
112: Amen 🙏🏾 🕊Rest In Peace @dmxThank You for All Your Prayers 🙏🏾#neverwillbeforgotten
Tory Lanez: X ..... to think I just saw you bro ... we was just in front of Jamaica house , laughing and Chillen , and what’s crazy .. is I made sure to tell you how much I appreciated u and what u mean to us !! All the flowers i gave to u that night can never compare to the impact you have had on soo many life’s including mine ! We love you X FOREVER .... and it will always be the “Year Of the Dog” 🥺😭🥺😭🤧🤧
Fat Joe: The DOG i tried to down play it and remain positive. We’ve been in this game for a while you’ve always wore your heart on your sleeve, it hasn’t been an easy journey for you but that’s what makes you X. We love you my brother I’m so sorry for the family’s lost this is one of the most saddest days in Hip Hop. God bless you X your music will live forever and we’ll never forget you or the impact you’ve had in the game. New York let’s stand the fuck up for DMX 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 @therealswizzz @ruffryders @thelox RIP X
Jarule: Can’t believe 1 third of the murderers is gone... Rest well my brother love you forever!!! #Doglove
Gabriel Union: I was praying I wouldn't have to think about how to describe what you meant to me. We bonded over our shared love of dogs, cold beers, Golden Girls reruns, New Edition and adventures. From random nights of go-karting in the hills of Sherman Oaks to bowling to just sitting in your trailer laughing with @anthonyanderson talking 80s soul music. We had litter mate dogs that you bought at 4am on set in Long Beach. You got Pebbles and Bam Bam and I got my beloved Bubba (best dog to ever live) You introduced me to the @ruffryders and @therealswizzz who have always treated me like family over the last 20 plus years. You introduced me to the @defjam family that remains family to this day. You always made the time to look out for folks.. I am forever grateful for your joy, your laugh, your protection all these years and your hugs anytime I've seen you. You are 1 of 1. Rest in eternal peace my friend. Rest. 🖤🖤🖤🖤
Yvonne Orji: “Either let me fly or give me death. Let my soul rest, take my breath. If I don't fly I'ma die anywayI'ma live on, but I'll be gone any day” - DMX•@iamjamesanthony just sent me this photo and it immediately made me think of these DMX lyrics. I LOVED him as an artist soooo much cuz I always felt like there was a battle for his soul. Every album had a prayer and a song about how he was trying to resist Damien. You could FEEEEEL his struggle. I was really holding on to hope that him and @kirkfranklin would do a gospel collabo. Dengit!!!•FLYYYY EARL SIMMONS, FLY
Swizz Beats: DMX 4 LIFE🙌🏽 You changed my life King! My brother 4 Life The Big Dog Love you King 🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊
Julie Gichuru: Where my dogs at? 😭😭😭It's OK... go to the light. Rest. #RIPDMX
Mejja: RIP To The G.O.A.T DMX He Never Did It For The Money But For The People Finding There Way This Has Hit Me HARD #RuffRyders
G Money: It’s the end of 1998. Things were good and I had just gotten my brand new Ford Escort GTI. I remember pulling up at Red Records where I was working and copping this album. I had never heard anything like it. Sonically it was it’s own thing and DMX, well, hip hop had seen nothing like him. I was hooked and the album “It’s Dark and Hell is hot” was a permanent fixture in my car. Forever angry, always spiritual and to the end vulnerable, DMX was one of those rare twisted geniuses that appear once in a generation. Darkness and light at the same time. Thank you for the music and giving us all of you, even the parts that made us examine our own darkness. RIP Dark Man X.