Christian rapper Earl Simmons, popularly know by his stage name DMX, died on April 9, 2021, in a White Plains, New York hospital. He reportedly suffered a heart attack that eventually led to his death. The Grammy-nominated rapper was 50-years-old.
DMX’s relatives announced that family members surrounded Earl as he held on for days in life support.
They stated, “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.” They added that his music has “inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will go on forever.”
Indeed, many fans have paid tribute to the rapper and remembered his impact on hip-hop music. In fact, DMX’s streams have seen over 900% increase since his passing. His album, The Best Of DMX, ranked number 4 in the top 10 albums on Worldwide iTunes.
His autobiography, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX, released in 2003, re-entered Amazon’s best-seller charts.
More than that, DMX is also remembered for bringing hope to the community when the pandemic happened.
In the same month of last year, the Christian rapper hosted an Instagram live that surprised many of his fans. They were even more astonished that DMX was doing an online Bible Study.
Who knew that DMX reading the Bible was exactly what I needed right now pic.twitter.com/PrNa3CWznV
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 25, 2020
He encouraged his followers at the time to cling to hope as he read on verses from Ecclesiastes 3. He explained that everything has its season, and God is sovereign over all.
“The most important thing that we could hope for, pray for,” he exhorted. “ask for, is that our desires coincide with God’s will.”
At the end of his video, he invited 14,000 viewers to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Although DMX had a troubled life over the past decade, he would always return to God and desired to enter into ministry.
Today, his desire is fulfilled as he enters into his forever ministry with Jesus. RIP DMX.