People are devastated over the passing of DMX. His label, Def Jam, issued a moving tribute:
Def Jam Recordings and the extended Def Jam family of artists, executives and employees are deeply and profoundly saddened by the loss of our brother Earl “DMX” Simmons. DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world. His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever.
On a side note, DMX’s family issued a statement refuting some recent reports: “There have been a few rumors following our loved one, Earl Simmons’ passing that we’d like to clear up. No one has bought Earl’s masters. Additionally, we are not selling any merchandise or raising money for Earl’s funeral. If anyone is requesting money for his funeral, please be aware that the person is a scammer. We will keep the public posted on funeral/memorial service arrangements.”