DMX Dead At 50: Hip-Hop Community Reacts
By Paris Close
April 9, 2021
The hip-hop community is mourning the loss of legendary rapper DMX.
X’s death was confirmed this morning (April 9), a week after he’d been hospitalized for an apparent drug-induced heart attack at White Plains Hospital in New York. The crushing news comes after days-long reports of X’s experiencing “significant organ failure” and reportedly contracting COVID-19, all while as he remained on life support. He was 50.
"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” X’s family shared in a statement. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and 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."
Since the devastating loss, many artists within the music industry as well as X’s comrades and admirers took to social media to salute the iconic emcee, songwriter and actor.
Rest in Heaven DMX— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 9, 2021
R.I.P. DMX— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) April 9, 2021
rest easy dmx 🤍— 🌱 (@noname) April 9, 2021
DMX carried such a beautiful energy with him his whole life. I pray that energy lives forever through his family, friends, and fans. Rest In Peace Dark Man X 🖤— yung baby tate (@yungbabytate) April 9, 2021
Rest up DMX 🦅— THE VOICE (@lildurk) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX. Thank you for being the soundtrack of my childhood.— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) April 9, 2021
DMX. 🕊 His gift meant so much to so many. Sending love to his family.— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 9, 2021
Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT! This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & your SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZI9NI6Nslg— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 9, 2021
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