DMX's heartbroken fiancée Desiree Lindstrom shares sweet unseen videos of rapper with son Exodus before funeral
DMX’s heartbroken fiancée Desiree Lindstrom shared sweet unseen videos of the late rapper playing with their son as she called him the “best father” ahead of his funeral.
A large memorial was held for DMX in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday with his casket placed on the back of an enormous monster truck and escorted by fans on motorcycles.
The star, who died on April 9 aged 50 after a heart attack, will be laid to rest at an undisclosed location on Sunday, with only friends and relatives invited.
As the family said their final goodbyes, Lindstrom shared a number of touching videos of the rapper with their four-year-old son, Exodus, on her Instagram account on Sunday.
“Moments like these make it even harder for me,” she wrote over a video of DMX showing their son how to ride a bike.
“You were the best father to Exodus I could have ever asked god for.
“Our son was so scared and you was so determined not to let him be scared of anything,” she added alongside a video of the rapper helping Exodus down a slide.
“So you stood right beside him while he conquered his fear.”
Lindstrom, who DMX began dating in 2013, also shared a video of the hitmaker making Exodus laugh, saying “his laughter always brightened our souls.”
She shared two further pictures of DMX in the hospital with their son after he was born, and another of him and her together.
“Thank you baby for being there every step of the way. I will always keep holding on to all the memories we had. I’m so heartbroken,” she said.
“You will always have my heart!”
Ahead of the rapper’s memorial on Saturday, Lindstrom also shared a picture of herself and Exodus dressed in red and white as she spoke of her heartbreak.
“Today is very hard for me and my family,” she wrote.
“But one thing that is keeping me going is knowing that my son and I just gained an amazing angel, my fiancé and Exodus father…Earl Simmons..!
“I will forever love you and you will always be in my heart!”
DMX or Dark Man X, whose real name was Earl Simmons, had 15 kids in total.
He passed away at the age of 50 earlier this month in White Plains Hospital in upstate New York after suffering a heart attack allegedly caused by a drug overdose.
Kanye West and his Sunday Service choir led the tributes to the iconic rapper and actor during Saturday’s memorial.
A huge black monster truck emblazoned with “Long Live DMX” took the late rapper’s body from his hometown of Yonkers to Brooklyn, NYC.
The truck which carried DMX’s red coffin on its trailer was flanked by members of the Ruff Ryders label along with hundreds of motorbikes.
Footage posted on social media showed the truck pulling up to the arena just after 2pm where the hip-hop star was honored in a memorial service.
At Barclay's Center, Kanye and his acclaimed gospel group opened the service with an arrangement of Soul II Soul’s “Keep On Movin’.”
The audience was limited to 1,900 people, ten per cent of the Barclays Center capacity, but was streamed on DMX's YouTube channel.
Later on, the choir performed their original track, “Excellent,” as well as “You Brought the Sunshine” by the Clark Sisters and the hymn, “Jesus Loves Me.”
Rappers Nas and Swizz Beats also performed along with Eve, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Drag-O, original members of the hip-hop collective Ruff Ryders, which launched DMX toward stardom.
The memorial at the Barclays Center was closed to the public due to Covid restrictions.
Yet a vast crowd of fans had gathered to pay their last respects.
Outside the Barclays Center, a large white X floral arrangement was created while the front of the building also had a display.
It featured an image of the rapper with wings accompanied with lyrics from his song Fame: “We each have a star; all we have to do is find it. Once you do, everyone who sees it will be blinded.”
"Earl 'DMX' Simmons 1970-2021," it read.
A second event was to be broadcast live on BET Sunday at 2.30pm ET from an undisclosed church in the New York City area.
The Yonkers, New York native's career had been marked by legal troubles and prison time, and a well-publicized struggle with drug addiction.
His rap career had an impressive start, with his debut album in 1998 "It's Dark and Hell is Hot," listed as number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. It sold more than 5 million copies.
His chart-topping songs included "Party Up (Up in Here)" and "X Gon' Give It To Ya."
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