Former Ruff Ryders leader DMX’s manager has stepped up to simmer down the Internet. Steve Rifkind has come forward to address the Internet going into a frenzy over #RIPDMX causing mass confusion and sadness.
DMX’s Manager Speaks After #RIPDMX
Despite the Internet working fans into hysteria, the latest reports claim X’s family is still pulling for a miracle while he remains on life support. His loved ones have stayed at his home and friends’ places around the White Plains, New York area.
As of late Thursday night, the rapper’s manager and close friend Steve Rifkind told TMZ … his condition has not changed. However, sources close to his family tell us, X’s mother, Arnett Simmons, his fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom, his ex-wife, Tashera Simmons and his baby mama, Yadira Borrego, along with his children, have become a tight-knit group over the last week while praying for improvement. (TMZ)
Steve issued a video statement to also ask fans to stop pushing the #RIPDMX messages across social media.
“Hey everybody, please stop with posting these rumors. DMX is still alive. Yes, he is on life support but please, it’s not helping anybody by having them see these false rumors. Let the family relax for a night. You will be hearing the statement from the family sometime tomorrow. I’ve been with DMX for the past three years so the only thing I ask is stop with the rumors. He is still alive and he is on life support. Thank-you.”
Internet’s #RIPDMX Hashtag Creates Confusion
Last night, some of the biggest digital platforms including Twitter and Instagram ignited with a rest in peace hashtag referencing DMX. However, no credible source – most notably his family – had addressed X’s latest condition.
Despite this, people relied on their social media pages to remember X and share their fondest memories of him. However, a portion of people on outlets like Twitter questioned the #RIPDMX authenticity.
The confusion appeared to stem from an original Instagram post which referenced X’s brain functioning status and became misinterpreted as a death announcement.
DMX Brain Test Results
According to the latest reports, X has not regained any brain function following his overdose. His family may be forced to decide if withdrawing life support is the best option.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, the battery of tests performed on X Wednesday showed no improvement in brain activity since he was rushed to the hospital after suffering the OD late Friday night. As we reported, he had little brain function after being deprived of oxygen for nearly half an hour. DMX remains in a coma and, as it was put to us, the test results are “not good.” We’re told the family has asked X’s longtime friend and manager, Steve Rifkind, to fly to New York Friday … another sign that hope is dwindling. (TMZ)
Master P Claims DMX OD Could Have Been Avoided
Music veteran Master P believes the hip-hop industry waits until something bad happens to a rapper before offering love and support. The New Orleans native has called for a union to be made in which artists can be there for each other without something terrible happening first.
“DMX is an icon, and I just hate that we have to wait till something happens to one of these guys, or to one of us, before everybody really starts saying how much they care, and they love you. I mean, we gotta figure out how to prevent that. … Drugs done killed a lot of our great ones, and sent a lot of ’em to prison, and I’m praying for DMX and his family. And I hope that people start celebrating these icons while they’re alive, imagine all the stuff we could’ve prevented for DMX, to help him. I feel like hip-hop need some type of union. The NBA have it. What happens when a guy fall off? After he done sold millions of millions of records—even a female—what happens? … Think about it, the NBA, when they done, they go to SportsCenter, they can sit around—where do hip-hop go? Go back to the hood. There will never be another DMX, he’s one of a kind.”