The family of rap star Earl Simmons, known by his stage name DMX, is alerting fans to “scammers” who are spreading false information about his funeral arrangements and about his music.
“There have been a few rumors following our loved one, Earl Simmons’, passing that we’d like to clear up,” they said in a statement obtained by Page Six. “No one has bought Earl’s masters.”
“We are not selling any merch or raising money for Earl’s funeral. If anyone is requesting money for his funeral please be aware the person is a scammer,” the family added. “We will keep the public posted on funeral/memorial service arrangements.”
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” the family continued. “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.”
Earl Simmons passed away on April 9th, 2021, after a drug overdose at White Plains Hospital. He had been there for a week in a “vegetative” state with “lung and brain failure and no current brain activity.” He had a prolific career performing such songs as “Party Up (Up in Here)” and starred in such films as “Romeo Must Die.”
Many celebrities expressed their support for Simmons’ family and paid tribute to the rapper.
“He took everybody’s pain and made it his,” collaborator Swizz Beatz said according to TMZ. “He would go to jail to escape his pain. That’s how much pain my brother had every day… He would win an award an American Music Award, you name it and didn’t understand why he deserved it because he knew and he felt that other people deserved it more than him. He never lived for hisself.”
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