The city of Yonkers will honor its native son DMX with an undetermined memorial, TMZ reports. X passed away Friday (April 9) after suffering a heart attack, and remaining on life support for nearly a week. The mayor of the multi-platinum rapper’s hometown, Mike Spano, mentioned to the celebrity site the memorial will be a “lasting gesture” and could come in the form of a street name, statue or mural.
According to TMZ, Mayor Mike Spano is also recommending Yonkers Raceway as a potential venue for DMX’s family to hold a public funeral. The outdoor venue is the city’s largest event space, with a seating capacity of 7,500. Unfortunately, because of coronavirus restrictions, only 20% of the seats will be available for use. Spano believes the venue will be an appropriate setting for one of the city’s most famous residents to be remembered.
Today our city mourns the loss of a musical icon and someone who always gave back to Yonkers — the city he loved.
— Mayor Mike Spano (@MayorMikeSpano) April 9, 2021
After hearing of DMX’s unfortunate passing, Mayor Spano shared a message on Twitter. “Today our city mourns the loss of a musical icon, someone who wore their heart on their sleeve and at every opportunity gave back to Yonkers — the city he loved,” he wrote. “Earl Simmons, or as we know him, DMX, was a man of exceptional talent. His spirit will live on in the power of his music and leave a lasting impact on his tremendous following.”
Community members also traveled about a dozen miles away to White Plains to bring flowers, cards, light candles, and pay their respects to the legendary rapper.