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DMX Will Be Honored in Public Memorial Service at Barclays Center

by Josh Lanier
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Fans will get a chance to say goodbye to DMX at a public memorial service at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on April 24. Though organizers haven’t determined how many people can attend because of COVID-19 restrictions or any ticket information.

DMX died on April 9 after he suffered a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose. When he arrived at the New York hospital on April 2, he was already unresponsive and never regained consciousness. Doctors said his brain had been deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes.

Fans gathered outside of his hospital during that week waiting for news and praying for his safety.

His family and close friends will attend a private funeral after the public memorial.

His family released a statement shortly after his death.

“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” they wrote in a statement.

“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. 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. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

DMX had been public about his drug addictions in the past. He had to cancel several concerts in 2019 after he checked himself into rehab, TMZ reported.

DMX Was a Pioneer in Rap Music

DMX upended the music industry with his 1998 debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot. It was just the beginning of a string of number one hits. He was the first musician to have their first five albums reach No.1 on the Billboard charts.

His raw, gravelly delivery and sometimes personal lyrics ran against the grain of the more polished and stage-managed acts that dominated that time. He also acted in several films.

Fans also loved his electric and eccentric concerts. He would bring many of the Ruff Ryders musical acts with him and put on shows that could last several hours.

But it was clear he was struggling with a lot of the stresses of his childhood. Some of those issues were exacerbated by his explosion into superstardom. Regardless, he left fans with a large volume of music that will outlive any of the problems that plagued him.