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DMX death: rapper 'to get memorial at Yonkers Raceway' & hometown could build statue or name street after him

DMX may get a memorial at Yonkers Raceway and his hometown is considering building a statue or naming a street after the rap icon.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said that he has offered the city's largest outdoor venue to the late rapper's family as a way to honor the artist.


DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, tragically passed away on Friday after a reported drug overdose last week triggered a fatal heart attack.

The rapper was reportedly in a "vegetative state" in the hospital for a week before he passed away.

His family is reportedly planning both a private and public memorial, and Spano told TMZ that the city of Yonkers wants to ease the burden on the rapper's family.

He said he hopes they will use the Yonkers Raceway grounds, which normally has a seating capacity of 7,500 — but is limited to 20% of that number under current Covid-19 guidelines.



Spano said it would be fitting for fans to say goodbye to the rapper in the city where he was raised.

There are also reports that Yonkers may put up a statue of DMX, or even name a street after him.

DMX's family confirmed that he passed away in a statement on Friday.

They described him as a "warrior who fought till the very end" adding that he "loved his family with all of his heart."

"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. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever," the statement read.

The family then asked for privacy while they grieve the loss of "the man the world knew as DMX." They added that information about his memorial service will be released once details are finalized.

The rapper, known for massive hits like Ruff Ryder's Anthem and X Gon' Give It To Ya, was often hailed as one of NY's most prolific rap artists.

He first appeared on the LL Cool J hit "4, 3, 2, 1" in 1998 and got his first taste of Top 40 airplay as part of the LOX's "Money, Respect."

His 1998 debut album, "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot," debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 101 weeks.

He reportedly struggled with drug addiction throughout much of his adult life — and has openly addressed the issues within some of his songs.

In 2016 Page Six reported DMX stopped breathing and had no pulse after suffering a drug overdose in a Westchester, New York parking lot.

Luckily, a medic on hand administered Narcan, an anti-opioid used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, according to police.

Throughout the course of his career, DMX released seven studio albums.

In August 2020, he announced he was working on his first album since 2015's "Redemption of the Beast" LP.

As news of the iconic rapper's passing broke, friends and fans took to social media to mourn a legend.

"Very Very Very few will EVER do it like you homie…. Man! This sucks… Tooooo Fn young to go. Rest easy X," ICE T wrote while sharing a video of DMX performing.

"DMX. His gift meant so much to so many. Sending love to his family," wrote actress Halle Berry.

New York Congressman Jamaal Bowman posted a video mourning the rapper to his Twitter.

"DMX was born in Mount Vernon and raised in Yonkers. But his energy, his passion, his art, touched people across the globe," he wrote.

"I will never forget seeing him at Summer Jam in '98 and literally feeling like the atoms were jumping out of my body. Rest in Power. X for life."

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