Prayer vigil outside hospital for DMX

Fan’s ‘authentic and candid’ encounter with DMX on flight goes viral

‘He talked about his kids, he has a lot of kids. He worried about them and told me how much he enjoyed being a father’

Rachel Brodsky
Los Angeles
Friday 09 April 2021 18:11
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A fan's story about the time she met rapper DMX on a plane has gone viral.

On 6 April, Jennifer Fraser shared a thread about an "authentic and candid" run-in she had with DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, who is currently still in intensive care following a heart attack that occurred last Friday (2 April).

Meeting DMX on a flight to San Diego, Fraser wrote how someone “famous with his entourage in tow” sat down next to her. He later introduced himself as “D”.

“D, the letter?” she asked, to which the rapper replied, “Yes, D, DMX.”

“He asked me what I was reading,” Fraser wrote, continuing how the two “got into a discussion about social media” and "discussed race and his incarceration”.

“He was so authentic and candid,” she continued. “He talked about his kids, he has a lot of kids. He worried about them and told me how much he enjoyed being a father, returning again to stories of his grandmother and her influence in his life and as a parent. He talked about her illness, cancer. He talked about his faith.”

News of DMX’s death circulated on Friday (9 April).

Read more: DMX death: Rapper dies aged 50 a week after suffering heart attack

His family shared the news with The Associated Press a week after the rapper suffered a heart attack that left him on life support.

“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” the family told People in a statement.

Read more: DMX death - latest: Tributes pour in after rapper dies aged 50

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalised.”

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