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DMX's family is honoring the life and legacy of the beloved rapper.
On Saturday, the rapper's family members came together for a private Celebration of Life in New York City. The memorial was restricted to family and close friends due to New York State's COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, which limits indoor arenas to 10 percent capacity. Fans were invited to watch the event on DMX's YouTube channel.
The celebration of life began with a family video of DMX with his daughter on a carnival ride. In the video, DMX could be heard repeatedly telling his daughter "Daddy's here." This was followed by DMX's "Prayer" and a selection from Kanye West's Sunday Service Choir.
The rapper's 15 children and their mother's, including fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom and ex-wife Tashera Simmons, then took the stage to pay tribute to DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, by sharing some sentimental words and more.
"Everything he did, he did for you all," said one of his family members. "He always wanted to please you, he always wanted to give his best show. We are now the ones who are hurting…He changed your lives through his music."
She added that DMX's wish "was to have all his children together, all of the mothers on one accord. So today we celebrate, today, long live Earl Simmons."
A handful of his children also took the mic, with one of his daughters rapping a song she wrote that was reminiscent of her father's song "Slippin'".