DMX to be farewelled in private service today after huge public memorial in Brooklyn yesterday
DMX is set to be laid to rest following a private service today — although it is being live-streamed.
It comes after the rapper’s casket was escorted to his memorial on the back of an enormous monster truck as fans rode their motorcycles and managed to bring New York traffic to a standstill.
The star, who died on April 9 at White Plains Hospital after a heart attack, will be laid to rest at an undisclosed location, with only friends and relatives invited.
The private service, scheduled for 2.30 pm, will be live-streamed on his YouTube channel and by BET.
DMX grew up in the School Street public housing complex in Yonkers, but it is unclear whether the service will be in his home city.
The procession kicked-off at midday in Yonkers, where DMX spent his childhood from the age of five in the School Street Projects, before gaining worldwide stardom.
The ride was called The Ruff Ryders 2 The Rescue: Ryde 4 Life, referencing the Ruff Ryders label which became famous for managing the star.
DMX’s song, Ruff Ryders Anthem, shot back into the charts following his death.
The NYPD and Yonkers Police warned motorists to expect delays and temporary road closures on the route.
Footage posted on social media showed the truck pulling up to the arena just after 2pm where the hip-hop star was honored in a memorial service.
A vast crowd of fans had gathered to pay their last respects.
Outside the Barclays Center a large white X floral arrangement was on display while the front of the building also had a display.
The Yonkers, New York native's career had been marked by legal troubles and prison time, and a well-publicized struggle with drug addiction.
The musician's family, in a statement to People magazine, said he died at New York's White Plains Hospital with family by his side.
"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.
"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,” the statement continued.
"Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever."
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