Transcript for Fans and family remember DMX
friends, family and the music world pouring in for rapper dmx who died a week after suffering a heart attack. ABC's Zachary kiesch joins us from the hospital in New York where dmx passed away with more on the mark he made as well as his personal struggles. Zachary, good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you, as well. His family referred to him as a warrior who battled until the very end. He was someone who challenged norms and displayed an incredible range. He taught us that you could be both tough and tender and by sharing his own story he gave agency to countless others to both see and feel in their own way. I thank you for my life I thank you for the bible I thank you for the songs you sing in the morning amazing grace Reporter: In dmx, life and death has given license to feel. Fans paid tribute at formal gatherings. Earl Simmons, the artist affectionately known as dmx, passed away Friday at the age of 50. In New York City, dozens flocking to pay homage to the late entertainer. To suffer and to survive, well -- Reporter: He was born in mt. Vernon, New York. His abusive and unstable childhood were difficult to overcome. After being featured in "The source," he signed with def jam and entered the game poised for success. Reporter: Not only did he embody the frequency of the streets he authored part of the culture. Put a stamp on it. Stop, drop, shut 'em down Dmx's music represented a paradigm shift in tone and texture. In 1998, when he dropped his first single "Get at me dog" on def jam, it just changed the energy of hip-hop. Reporter: Simmons was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack April 2nd. Friday his family announced his death writing he loved his family with all of his heart and we cherished the times we spent with him. Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. Seven album, millions of records sold, he also appeared in several movies. Right here. Reporter: His impact on those in the music business is undeniable. From Patti Labelle to public enemy, eminem and eve, he knew the struggle. His signature delivery that heavy growl is due in part to bronchial asthma. He fought with addiction and mental health issues with courage. Talking about your problems is viewed as a sign of weakness when it's actually one of the bravest things you can do. Reporter: More than 500,000 people tuned in to watch Simmons and snoop Dogg on the webcast series verzus. We didn't know that was it, a poet but also just a person. My last thought would be I've had a good life. Reporter: Dmx was 50. At the end who will stand on this Earth, my flesh may be destroyed but yet from this body I will see god, yes, I will see him I long for that moment Reporter: Behind me, you see a growing memorial that's taking shape outside the hospital. Similar scenes across the country. I know that walking through Brooklyn yesterday you couldn't go block without hearing dmx. We also understand that he was in the process of putting out a new project that included several high-profile collaborations. Dan. Zachary, thank you so much. I loved what he said, he was a poet and a person, somebody willing to talk publicly about his weaknesses, really, really incredible life and it's great to hear his music again.
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