Months after DMX died at age 50, his ex-wife and three eldest sons will temporarily manage his estate.
The late Grammy-nominated hitmaker died April 9, one week after he was admitted to White Plains Hospital in New York when he suffered a heart attack. According to a statement issued Monday (Oct. 25), “DMX’s ex wife, Tashera Simmons [and his] oldest sons Xavier Simmons, Sean Simmons and Tacoma Simmons have been appointed temporary co-administrators of the estate of Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons pursuant to a decision of the Westchester county Surrogate’s Court today.
“They will now exclusively manage the affairs of their late father’s estate,” the statement continues.
Estate attorney Herb Nass will protect Earl “DMX” Simmons’ estate and assist the rapper’s co-administrator sons. Meanwhile, entertainment attorney Ron Sweeney of Ron Sweeney and Company will be responsible for all industry-related matters pertaining to DMX.
The statement comes after a woman claimed this weekend to be DMX’s 15th child and asked to be included in his estate. Nass said that all 15 people claiming to be DMX’s children will be asked to submit to DNA testing in the coming weeks to prove paternity.
At the time of DMX’s death, his family issued a statement, saying, “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. 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.”
Born Dec. 18, 1970, in Baltimore, Maryland, DMX released 15 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including “Party Up (Up in Here),” which peaked at No. 27 and charted for 21 weeks. His collaborative tune “Money, Power, Respect” with The LOX and Lil’ Kim peaked at No. 17 and charted for 20 weeks. DMX has also appeared in several films, including Belly, Fast and Fierce: Death Race and Romeo Must Die — the latter alongside Jet Li and fellow hitmaker Aaliyah (who died in 2001 at age 22). DMX has also guest starred on TV shows, including Moesha, Half and Half, Fresh Off the Boat and Eve.