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Hip-hop artists and celebrities react to the death of Ruff Ryders legend DMX


The world is left mourning yet another great loss to the hip-hop community Friday. Rapper and actor DMX has died at age 50 after being hospitalized for a heart attack.

Following news of his passing, celebrities in the realms of music and entertainment took to social media to pay tribute to the hip-hop legend. 

In a statement obtained by ABC News, rapper Chingy described DMX as”a true legend to the hip-hop community” and explained how he inspired one of his biggest hits.

“I was individually inspired by him from his unique style. I remember touring and being on a lot of shows with him. “One day I was coming out of my hotel and DMX saw me and asked, ‘Was his child’s mother pulling me back?"” says Chingy.

“‘Pulling Me Back’ was my latest record at that time for the ladies…He always showed me love and we always talked when we ran into each other,” he continues. “I’m saddened to hear about his passing and he will forever be missed by me and the hip-hop community for his legacy.”

Here’s what others had to say about DMX and his legacy:

Swizz Beatz“I’m truly beyond devastated! But I’m so happy my brother is no longer in pain. I watched him take everyone’s pain and make it his own. I send my love and support to his entire family. My brother we will never let them forget your name and you will lie forever. F.A.M.E. Long live King DMX The Great aka my brother for life. Earl Simmons.”

Chance The Rapper: “Rest in Heaven DMX.”

Viola Davis: “RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones.”

Jeezy: “Damn X.”

Nas: “God’s Poet. I Love you.”

DJ Khaled: “Bless up the icon DMX.”

Shaggy: “R.I.P. to the G.O.A.T. @DMX. Rest well my brother! Condolences to the family.”

Gabrielle Union“No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X’s family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating. #RIPDMX.”

Eve: #mydog I know that you are in the place of peace you deserve. I will be forever grateful to have known you. You are one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of humor, Talan, wisdom, and love and most of all loyalty. This world has lost a real one but the heavens have gained an angel. May you rest.” 

Fat Joe: “The DOG. I tired to downplay it and remain positive. We’ve been in this fame for a while. you’ve always wore your heard on your sleeve, it hasn’t been an easy journey for you but that’s what makes you X. We love you my brother. I’m so sorry for the family’s lost. This is one of the most saddest days in hip hip. God bless you X, your music will live forever and we’ll never forget you or the impact you’ve had in the game. New York, ‘let’s stand…up for DMX.”

Kehlani: “Too young, too early, Leaving endless trails of inspiration behind him. Rest easy legend.”

Missy Elliot: “Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT! This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & your SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING.”

Sharing Instagram footage from their record-breaking Verzuz battle last July, Snoop Doggwrote, “Love You brother. See you when I get there.”

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