Grammy-nominated rapper and actor DMX, real name Earl Simmons, was pronounced dead on April 9, days after it was revealed that the artist was in a “vegetative state” due to complications from a heart attack. In the wake of the chart-topping artist’s death, several false rumors and fraudulent funeral fundraising schemes have gained traction online.
DMX’s family issued a statement on Monday warning fans to not fall victim to scammers attempting to make a buck off of the late 50-year-old rapper’s funeral.
“There have been a few rumors following our loved one, Earl Simmons’, passing that we’d like to clear up,” the artist’s family wrote.
“[W]e are not selling any merch or raising money for Earl’s funeral. If anyone is requesting … money for his funeral please be aware the person is a scammer,” they asserted, referring to unauthorized crowdfunding campaigns.
The family also took time to clear up a social media rumor that claimed Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who was once DMX’s label-mate, were buying back DMX’s master recordings for $10 million.
It was also alleged the power couple would then sign the rights away to the late artists’ children.
“No one has bought Earl’s masters,” the family said.
Family sources who spoke with TMZ said that some of DMX’s master recordings are owned by Def Jam.