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In the wake of DMX’s death, Hollywood figures and musicians took to social media to share tributes and memories of the New York rapper who died in New York on Friday.
DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was behind such iconic songs as “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” and the star of action movies including Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave and Romeo Must Die.
The rapper died at White Plains Hospital in New York after being admitted April 2 following a drug overdose and subsequent heart attack. He had been on life support and, according to his former manager, in a “vegetative state.” He was 50.
Viola Davis tweeted “RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones.”
Halle Berry wrote of how the rapper’s “gift meant so much to so many. Sending love to his family.”
Gabrielle Union wrote that she had “no words” after learning of DMX’s death. “No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X’s family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating.”
Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Redd wrote of how DMX impacted him in his youth. “My childhood and love for music would not have been the same without this man. DMX was easily my favorite artist growing up. I had every album, every ruff Ryder song, followed any artist he endorsed. Man….RIP the dog. There will never be another like him.”
Eve, whose debut album identified her as the “first lady” of the Ruff Ryders family, penned a tribute with a black-and-white concert photo of the late rapper on Instagram. “I know that you are in the place of peace you deserve. I will be forever grateful to have known you. You were one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of Humour,talent,wisdom honesty and love and most of all loyalty,” she wrote. “This world has lost a REAL ONE but the heavens have gained an ANGEL. Sending huge love to all of his family May you Rest”
DMX’s longtime friend and collaborator Swizz Beatz remembered the rapper in a series of Instagram posts over the weekend, reflecting on their work together.
Captioning one video of the two of them, he wrote, “I’m truly beyond devastated !!!!!! But I’m so happy my brother is no longer in pain. I watched him take everyone’s pain and make it his own. I send my love and support to his entire family. My brother we will never let them forget your name and you will live forever F.A.M.E. Long live King DMX THE GREAT AKA my brother 4 Life Earl Simmons.”
Read these tributes and more below.
RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones. 🙏🏿💛 pic.twitter.com/WC5LsaL9j8
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 9, 2021
No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X's family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating. #RIPDMX 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🖤
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 9, 2021
DMX. 🕊 His gift meant so much to so many. Sending love to his family.
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 9, 2021
My childhood and love for music would not have been the same without this man. DMX was easily my favorite artist growing up. I had every album, every ruff Ryder song, followed any artist he endorsed. Man….RIP the dog. There will never be another like him. pic.twitter.com/2fp2S695Az
— Chris Redd (@Reddsaidit) April 9, 2021
Rest in Heaven DMX
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX. Thank you for being the soundtrack of my childhood.
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) April 9, 2021
❌4L!! Rest In Paradise LEGEND!! 🐕🐕 pic.twitter.com/Y0m0DVl5Up
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 9, 2021
— Mystikal (@ItsMystikal) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX ONE OF MY INSPIRATIONS ESPECIALLY WIT THE BIKES! BRING THEM BIKES OUT!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 9, 2021
Sending warrior prayers to the homie DMX pic.twitter.com/oSAli6ABTn
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 9, 2021
Rest in peace DMX 😢😢😢😢 pic.twitter.com/a2YWLGsHDm
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) April 9, 2021
— Holly Robinson Peete😷🥰 (@hollyrpeete) April 9, 2021
Words can’t describe. DMX, Rest In Peace, Power, and Love. We will forever be grateful for your inspiration and your art. ♥️ Prayers up for his family and everyone who is touched by this loss. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/xpPaFKgOj9
— b r a n d y (@4everBrandy) April 9, 2021
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