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BET hosting one of two memorials for rapper DMX

Not even death could shut this party down.

Two services will memorialize hip hop icon DMX, who died April 9 after suffering a heart attack. The Ruff Ryders rapper will be honored Saturday at a New York City city service. Although the memorial will be open only to close friends and family, fans can tune in to a live stream of the 4 p.m. service on DMX’s official YouTube page.

Prior to the livestreamed memorial, Ruff Ryders will host a ride-out procession called The Ruff Ryders 2 The Rescue: Ryde 4 Life starting in Yonkers, the rapper’s hometown.

The foundation is the same one that organized a prayer vigil outside the hospital for DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, in the days before he died.

At the hospital, motorcycles revved their engines and circled the building, a show of support from the Ruff Ryders bike crew featured in such DMX videos as “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” “Where The Hood At?” and “What’s My Name?”

On Sunday, BET will host a homegoing celebration, “BET Remembers DMX,” to commemorate the rapper’s life.

The event will be broadcast and streamed by BET at 2:30 p.m. Following the program, the network will air movies and documentaries featuring DMX, who also starred in such movies as “Cradle 2 the Grave,” “Belly,” and “Romeo Must Die.”

DMX performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 at Barclays Center on June 28, 2019 in New York City.

“DMX is a musical icon whose impact was truly groundbreaking and transcended generations,” Connie Orlando, BET’s executive vice president of specials, music programming and music strategy, said in a statement. “The authenticity and transparency in his music were profound, creating a lane of his own that changed hip-hop forever.”

Simmons, 50, was rushed to White Plains Hospital Friday night after suffering a heart attack at his nearby home a week before his death. Reports said the heart attack was triggered by a drug overdose.

The rapper, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, had been battling addiction for years. The hospital cited his cause of death as “a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”

The rapper, born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Vernon, N.Y., released a record five consecutive Billboard No. 1 albums between 1998-2003 and co-starred in movie box office hits opposite martial arts stars Jet Li and Steven Seagal.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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