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Here's How Celebrities Are Mourning The Death Of DMX

Wesley Snipes, LeBron James, and Ice Cube are among those remembering the “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” rapper.

Posted on April 9, 2021, at 3:45 p.m. ET

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Rappers, actors, and sports stars are among those honoring DMX after the rapper’s death was announced Friday.

DMX, whose given name was Earl Simmons, burst onto the scene in the late ’90s with his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, which featured the hits “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem" and “Get at Me Dog.”

DMX was hospitalized last week after a heart attack. He was reported to be in critical condition for days. On Friday, news of his death quickly spread and drew tributes from celebrities like Wesley Snipes, Ice Cube, Chance the Rapper, and LeBron James, who recognized the rapper’s rugged, hardcore music style.

Rest in power brother 🙏🏿 #DMX

Twitter: @wesleysnipes

Actors Halle Berry and Viola Davis both offered prayers and love to his family.

DMX. 🕊 His gift meant so much to so many. Sending love to his family.

Twitter: @halleberry

RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones. 🙏🏿💛

Twitter: @violadavis

James referred to DMX as a legend.

❌4L!! Rest In Paradise LEGEND!! 🐕🐕

Twitter: @KingJames

But DMX’s death was probably most felt among rappers, artists, and musicians, many of whom spoke about his impact on hip-hop.

“Very Very Very few will EVER do it like you homie,” Ice-T said. “Tooooo Fn young to go.”

Very Very Very few will EVER do it like you homie…. Man! This sucks… Tooooo Fn young to go. Rest easy X.


Ice Cube also praised DMX, tweeting a cartoon of DMX in full samurai armor.

“Sending warrior prayers to the homie DMX,” he wrote.

Sending warrior prayers to the homie DMX

Twitter: @icecube

“Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT,” Missy Elliott wrote. “This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON.”

Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT! This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & your SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING🙏🏾

Twitter: @MissyElliott

More contemporary artists also honored the 50-year-old rapper, including Chance the Rapper, Aminé, and Russ, who called DMX one of his "favorite rappers ever."

“The impact will never be forgotten,” he wrote.

Twitter: @chancetherapper

sad day in music man, long live DMX

Twitter: @heyamine

Rest In Peace #DMX

Twitter: @tmorello

RIP DMX 😔😔😔 one of my favorite rappers ever. The impact will never be forgotten !!

Twitter: @russdiemon

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