On April 10, 2021, the world learned that rap icon DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, had died at the age of 50. According to BBC, the “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” hitmaker died five days after suffering a heart attack. The outlet reported that he had been placed on life support and had his family by his side when he passed.
In a statement from his family, they said the Beyond the Law actor was “a warrior who fought till the very end,” adding “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”
DMX’s career saw him take over the charts and appear on the big screen. According to Billboard, he achieved five consecutive No. 1 albums on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and earned three Grammy Award nominations. Some of his most notable movies include Romeo Must Die, with the late singer Aaliyah, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Exit Wounds.
DMX was signed to the imprint record label Ruff Ryders, which also serves as the home of Swizz Beatz and Eve. Since the breaking news of DMX’s death, former The Talk panelist Eve has paid tribute to her fellow rapper and friend. Keep reading to find out what she said.
Eve said she will be 'forever grateful' to have known DMX
Eve took to Instagram to share some touching words about her friend DMX on April 9, 2021. She attached a black-and-white snapshot of the icon and wrote a caption that was filled with love. “#mydog X I know that you are in the place of peace you deserve,” she said, adding, “I will be forever grateful to have known you. You were one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of Humour, talent, wisdom honesty and love and most of all loyalty.”
“This world has lost a REAL ONE but the heavens have gained an ANGEL. Sending huge love to all of his family. May you Rest #rip #dmx #ruffrydersfamily,” the “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” chart-topper continued. In the span of 18 hours, Eve’s post racked up more than 318,000 likes and more than 9,500 comments, proving to have made an impact on her 2.2 million followers.
Aside from both being signed to Ruff Ryders, Eve and DMX collaborated several times. The deceased rapper featured on two tracks on Eve’s debut album, Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, and on another song on her sophomore LP, Scorpion.
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