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DMX Is NOT dead: Truth behind death rumors and 'RIP DMX' hoax as manager confirms he is on life support

'DMX is still alive. Yes, he is on life support,' his manager Steve Rifkind confirmed in an Instagram video
DMX performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 (Getty Images)
DMX performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 (Getty Images)

Millions of fans of rapper DMX worldwide were shocked and heartbroken after 'RIP DMX' started trending on Twitter recently. Farewell messages started pouring in for the 50-year-old hitmaker of 'Ruff Ryders Anthem'. Amid thousands of fans sharing emotional tributes, it was confirmed by DMX's manager Steve Rifkind that he is still alive. 

The hoax about DMX's death stemmed from a misleading Instagram story by comedian Luenell and was later shared by the magazine SAINT. Luenell later deleted the story and SAINT also apologized for perpetuating the rumors. As of latest reports, the rapper continues to be in life support as prayers pour in for his recovery. 


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DMX performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 at Barclays Center on June 28, 2019 in New York City (Getty Images)

What did DMX's manager say?

Manager Steve Rifkind refuted the rumors of DMX's death and requested his fans across the world to stop believing the hoax. Confirming that DMX is still alive, he added that his family will be putting out a statement tomorrow about his health. 

In a video posted on his Instagram account, Rifkind said, "Everybody, please stop posting the rumors. DMX is still alive. Yes, he is on life support. But, please, it's not helping anybody by having seen these false rumors." He added, "Let the family relax for a night. You will be hearing a statement from the family sometime tomorrow."

Speaking about his close bond with DMX, Rifkind shared, "I have been with DMX for the past three years. So, the only thing I ask you is just to stop with the rumors. He is still alive and he is on life support. Thank you."


What started the 'RIP DMX' rumors?

Around two hours ago, comedian Luenell posted a note on her Instagram story that said, "It is over. My Friend is Gone" and included "RIP DMX."

The post sent millions into shock as several celebrities starting paying their tribute to DMX assuming he is no more. In fact, 'RIP DMX' became a top trend on Twitter in no time.

Luenell's original story (Instagram/Luenell)

However, neither the news was confirmed by any major media outlets nor did his family release any official statement, which led many to speculate if the news was another false hoax. Soon afterward, Luenell deleted her original Instagram story and uploaded an apology post, saying, "When your spirit leaves and your organs fail you, the body becomes just a shell. One becomes wrapped in the Lords arms. Thats what 'I' call gone. IM sorry to all. #DMX"

Luenell's updated story (Instagram/Luenell)

Later, SAINT also issued an apology to the readers and deleted their tweet about DMX's death. They wrote on Twitter, "We have deleted the tweet out of respect for DMX and his loved ones. A close friend of DMX posted this on her Instagram story, has since been taken down. We apologize for any confusion. Prayers still going out to him and his family."



On Thursday, April 8, 2021, TMZ reported that DMX's brain function has not shown any improvement upon the latest tests and that his family is facing a difficult decision about whether to withdraw life support. Meanwhile, fans continue to pray for a miraculous recovery of their favorite legend.