This week on “We Real Chicago,” we celebrated the life and career of rapper DMX, who was hospitalized on April 2. According to media reports, he suffered a heart attack after an alleged drug overdose.

Born Earl Simmons, DMX passed away on the morning of April 9, according to a family representative. He was 50 years old. 

“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,” the family said in a statement.

On April 8, “We Real Chicago” host Rome J. invited Rolling Out Magazine’s manager Precise and BET Networks’ Crystal Roberts to come on the show to pay homage to DMX. They reminisced about his free concert at George’s Music Room on the West Side in 2001.

Roberts, a sales and planning manager for BET Networks, helped organize the free DMX show at George’s Music Room. 

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