DMX’s death took us all by surprise. Earl Simmons, also known as DMX, passed on April 9th of this year at the young age of 50. The rapper suffered an overdose that triggered a heart attack. In more devastating fashion, DMX was a vegetable, on life support, after spending too much time without Oxygen. The family choose to end his suffering by pulling the plug, which I’m sure is unimaginably difficult. Dmx struggled with drug use since he was 14 after becoming addicted to Crack Cocaine.
Procession & Remembering DMX
DMX’s death inspired many of his biker friends to collect outside the hospital in White Plains, NY. After his passing, The Ruff Ryders and his motocycle friend honored him by doing a ride along procession of his casket through the Bronx. Such a moving special moment to honor their friend. Thousands of bikers rode alongside his casket giving him the send of he would be proud to have had. It is clear that DMX was love and respected by many after DMX’s death. If he did not feel that way in life, may he feel that in death. The Rhymer left an impact and a hole in many people’s hearts as they pay their homage to him.
After DMX’s death, the memorial and funeral was allowed to be shared live. His funeral was being broadcast live across Youtube for many to pay their respects to the fallen emcee. His memorial was shared live to allow accessibility to the most people. Everyone could share their love for him and connect to him in some way. Many artists performed and honored DMX including Kanye West and Nas. His family spoke on his impact as a father and as a human being. So many people have shared memories on twitter that showcase the softer side of the rapper; remembering him as an amazing and true human being.
If DMX’s death tells us anything, it’s to savor the moments in life with loved ones. Also, to not judge others because everyone is fighting their own battle. May he be at peace now, knowing he is loved.
In closing, New York state senate declared December 18 as DMX day.