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Rapper DMX’s life and legacy remembered during emotional memorial service

Friends and family gathered at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday to pay tribute to late rap star DMX.

The 50-year-old’s death sent shockwaves with the music community and fellow artists also in attendance at the moving memorial service.

The service was live streamed on DMX’s YouTube channel.

Prior to the event, streets were closed and lanes restricted to facilitate ceremonial journey across New York City which saw the star’s red coffin carried on a monster truck.

The ceremony itself began with a throwback video of the rapper – real name Earl Simmons – and his daughter displayed onscreen, which captured the two riding on a rollercoaster.

A choir then performed several songs before some heartfelt speeches by his children.

A crowd gathered outside during the Memorial service for Rapper DMX on Saturday

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Ex-wife of DMX, Tashera Simmons, DMX’s fiancee Desiree Lindstrom, and his sons arrive for the memorial on Saturday

Xavier, 28, emotionally said: “Our father is a king, our father is an icon. I am so honoured to have a father like we have.

“This man deepened my ability to love…I cried so much tears of joy, so much.

“Every time, every lesson he ever taught me: Always say thank you. No matter where you go, a blessing is everywhere. Be kind to everyone.”

Rapper Eve also shared a heartwarming tribute to the star.

DMX memorial service
DMX’s life and legacy was remembered during a moving memorial service

“First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you for the energy that everybody has brought here today,” she said.

“The celebration of how great we all know DMX was what he has left behind. I am seriously the luckiest, luckiest woman in the world to have been adopted by the Ruff Ryders, but to have known DMX the way that I knew him as a man, a father, a friend.

After describing how had it was to talk about his death, she finished by saying: “I know that he will rest in power, rest in love but most of all he will rest in peace.”

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Swizz Beats took aim at those who failed DMX while he was alive

While paying tribute to his friend, Swizz Beats also take aim at those who failed X when he was still alive.

He concluded by saying, if anything, X’s death has taught him the importance of loyalty and keeping good people in his circle.

There is said to be a “Homegoing Celebration” on Sunday before the family pay their final respects to the star in a private service.

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