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'He lived his life out loud': DMX honored at a hometown vigil in New York

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Accompanied by the roar of bikes of around 80 riders of the Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club, fans of the late rapper DMX gathered Wednesday evening in a park in the city where he was born to pay tribute to his life by remembering his good works, singing songs and dancing together.

Around a thousand people converged on Fourth Street Park in Mount Vernon to remember the man who never forgot where home was – and was never too famous to give a helping hand to the community that will always remember him. 

DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, died at White Plains Hospital Friday after he was rushed there April 2 following a heart attack. He was 50 and leaves behind 15 children. 

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Shawyn Patterson-Howard, the mayor of Mount Vernon, N.Y. speaks during a celebration of the life of Earl Simmons, the rapper know as DMX, at the Fourth St. Park in Mount Vernon April 14, 2021.

The atmosphere Wednesday evening was celebratory, despite DMX’s sudden death. Speakers said he taught others that despite his struggles, success was possible. Many people on hand were raised on the rapper’s music, but also remembered him for his love of others. 

“I want to talk about the depth of his darkness, but his life shined brightly,” said Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. “He lived his life out loud. He gave lessons.”

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