Fallen American rapper DMX leaves 15 children
Another legend, Earl Simmons, known by his stage name DMX (“Dark Man X”), American rapper, songwriter, and actor has crossed over to the great unknown.
Earl Simmons was born in Mount Vernon, New York on December 18, 1970, the son of 19 year old Arnett Simmons and 18 year old Joe Barker, and was raised in nearby Yonkers.
Simmons went through a disjointed childhood that included being beaten by his mother and her various boyfriends so badly that he lost teeth, and sustained numerous bruises and cuts on his face.
When Simmons was five years old, his family settled in Yonkers, New York.
At the end of the fifth grade, Simmons was kicked out of school and sent to the Julia Dyckman Andrus Children’s Home for 18 months.
When he was 14, Simmons began wandering the streets of Yonkers to escape his mother’s abuse, and eventually found comfort in befriending stray dogs that walked the streets at night.
Shortly after he began doing this, his mother once again sent him to a boys’ home.
During his stay at the boys’ home, Simmons bonded with other students from New York over their shared love of hip hop music.
After performing for his friends, they encouraged Simmons to continue writing music to the behest of his teacher.
When he returned home, Simmons met Ready Ron, a local rapper, who, impressed with Simmons’ beatboxing skills, asked him to become his partner.
Simmons chose the name “DMX”, which came from an instrument he had used at the boys’ home, the Oberheim DMX drum machine; it later was also interpreted as “Dark Man X”.
DMX was a Christian, and stated that he read the Bible every day.
He was a transitional deacon in the Christian Church and aspired to become ordained as a pastor, stating that he received this call in 2012.
DMX was the father of fifteen children.
On April 2, 2021, at approximately 11:00 pm, Simmons was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York, where he was reported to be in critical condition following a heart attack at his home possibly resulting from an overdose.
7 days later, he was pronounced dead at age 50 on April 9, 2021.