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Update: DMX Death Rumors

Olawale Ameen Olawale Ameen
8th April 2021
Update: DMX Death Rumors
DMX passed on April 9, 2021 (Getty Images).

The Claim

Note: We published the original version of this article hours before DMX passed. It has been updated accordingly.

Rapper DMX is dead.

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Following his hospitalization after a drug overdose, news claiming that rapper DMX is dead trended online.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar’s investigation found that DMX passed on April 9, 2021. Just before his passing, DMX's manager Steve Rifkind refuted allegations related to his death.

In a video he posted on his Instagram page, Steve said, “Everybody, please stop posting these rumors. DMX is still alive. Yes, he is on life support, but please, it’s not helping anybody by having them see these false rumors. Let the family relax for a night.”

Before his passing, the rapper was in dire condition. The New York Times reported as of April 4 that DMX was still on life support and in a “vegetative state,” as confirmed by his ex-manager Nakia Walker. 

TMZ reported that DMX did not regain any brain function nearly a week after his overdose. According to the platform, the series of tests performed on him on Wednesday showed no improvement in brain activity after he was deprived of oxygen for nearly half an hour before getting to the hospital.

DMX, born Earl Simmons, was born in Mount Vernon, NY, on December 18, 1970. He rose to prominence in February 1988 after releasing his debut major-label single, “Get at Me Dog” on Def Jam records. The single was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 

He released his first major-label album titled “Dark and Hell Are Hot,” which had singles like “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” in May 1998. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold over five million copies.

He went on to release seven more albums to date with critical acclaim.

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