A memorial service honoring late rapper DMX will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday, April 24.
The memorial will only be open to family and close friends, the rapper’s manager told TMZ. But plans are underway to stream the service online to give fans a chance to remember the “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” rapper.
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Because of COVID-19 restrictions, capacity at Barclays Center is limited to 10 percent in the arena, which normally seats 19,000 people.
A message later posted on DMX’s official Instagram account said the service begins at 4pm ET/1pm PT and will stream live on the rapper’s YouTube channel — the link can be found here. A separate “homegoing celebration” on Sunday, April 25, for family and friends will be carried live on BET at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT.
DMX performed at Barclays Center in June 2019, as part of the Masters of Ceremony concert alongside Snoop Dogg and other hip-hop artists.
The rap icon, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, passed away on Friday, April 9. The 50-year-old performer had been hospitalized since April 2, in White Plains, New York. The hospital where he was being treated released a statement saying he suffered “catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
The “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” artist was born in 1970 and grew up in Yonkers, New York. He began rapping as a kid and in 1998 released his first studio album titled “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.”
DMX is survived by 15 children and his mother.