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US Fact check: Video falsely claims to show DMX's body leaving White Plains Hospital

02:25  14 april  2021
02:25  14 april  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

DMX's Family Speaks Out About His 'Serious Health Issues' as Manager Says Rapper Is in 'Vegetative State'

  DMX's Family Speaks Out About His 'Serious Health Issues' as Manager Says Rapper Is in 'Vegetative State' DMX is currently in a "vegetative state," his manager told the New York Times on Sunday, adding, "We're just praying""We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes, and prayers as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges," the family of the rapper (born Earl Simmons), 50, wrote.

The claims that DMX received his COVID-19 vaccine days before his heart attack trace back to an article quoting an unnamed family member. NewsGuard said the website in question “frequently publishes unsubstantiated claims based on unclear sourcing.” The CDC wrote that it found “no evidence that vaccination See the sources for this fact - check . DMX , the raspy-voiced rapper behind several hip-hop anthems such as "X Gon Give It to Ya" and "Party Up (Up In Here)," died April 9 at a hospital in New York, where he had been on life support after suffering a heart attack days earlier.

DMX Fans Not Slippin' Create Memorial at Hospital . After rallying for DMX all week, his fans are still pouring out their emotions, and showing him love in the hours after his death. Almost immediately after the news of X' s passing a makeshift memorial wall was started just outside White Plains Hospital in New York. The hip-hop icon' s loyal followers are lighting candles, leaving flowers and stuffed animals and writing notes of love and support for X and his family.

The claim: Video shows DMX's body leaving White Plains Hospital

a man smiling for the camera: Rapper DMX is currently hospitalized after suffering a drug overdose at his home in New York © Wochit Rapper DMX is currently hospitalized after suffering a drug overdose at his home in New York

Following reports that rapper DMX, born Earl Simmons, died after suffering a heart attack, a video went viral on social media purporting to show his body leaving White Plains Hospital in New York.

DMX was first rushed April 2 to that hospital, where he was on life support for over a week, according to the Associated Press.

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The viral video, which was shared to Facebook on April 11, showcases a large crowd of people dancing to "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" as they surround a gray van that is slowly driving down the busy street.

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- A video showing the moment late DMX ’ s body was being transported from the hospital has surfaced online. - Thousands of fans who had been waiting for the moment were seen singing some of the late rapper’s songs. - The fans all seemed in high spirits as they celebrated the life of the Ruff Ryder Even though American rapper Earl Simmons aka DMX passed away due to a health-related issue, fans are choosing to remember the music star in a different manner. Just recently, a video showing the moment his body was being moved from the hospital where he died surfaced in the online community.

"DMX's body leaving White Plains hospital," the user captioned the post, which has over 2,000 reactions.

Similar versions of the claim have been shared to TikTok, Twitter, minutegoal.com and YouTube. Some users posting the same video wrote that it was captured in Orlando, Florida, while some claimed it was in Los Angeles.

"DMX's body leaving White Plains Hospital. He truly impacted many souls through his rap music and existence. #RestInPowerDMX Earl Simmon(s)," one user captioned the video on Twitter.

USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user for comment.

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Video captured in Orlando

It's unclear exactly when the video originated, but the footage was not taken in White Plains and does not show DMX's body leaving the hospital.

Dozens of people attend prayer vigil for rapper DMX as he remains hospitalized following a heart attack

  Dozens of people attend prayer vigil for rapper DMX as he remains hospitalized following a heart attack The vigil was held outside White Plains Hospital, in White Plains, New York, where DMX is hospitalized.The vigil, outside White Plains Hospital, in White Plains, New York, was hosted by Ruff Ryders to the Rescue Foundation, and both the 50-year-old rapper's ex-wife, Tashera Simmons, and his fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom, were in attendance.

DMX was rushed to a hospital in White Plains , New York and is in the critical care unit. We're told he has "some brain activity." Another source says he' s in a "vegetative state" and doctors have cautioned he may not make it. At the time, we were told DMX hadn't relapsed but checked himself into rehab out of fear he might again, as he felt temptations to use creep up on him again. DMX made his return to the stage following rehab in December 2019 when he hit Hakkassan in Las Vegas, chatting it up and taking photos with fans before he hit the stage.

- A video showing the moment late DMX ’ s body was being transported from the hospital has surfaced online. - Thousands of fans who had been waiting for the moment were seen singing some of the late rapper’s songs. - The fans all seemed in high spirits as they celebrated the life of the Ruff Ryder Even though American rapper Earl Simmons aka DMX passed away due to a health-related issue, fans are choosing to remember the music star in a different manner. Just recently, a video showing the moment his body was being moved from the hospital where he died surfaced in the online community.

A street sign in the video reveals it was captured on Pine Street in downtown Orlando, outside Corona Cigar Company, which can be seen in the background of the video. The scene in the video matches the Google Street View outside that store.

Another indicator the crowd is in Florida is a vehicle seen at the end of the video marked with "City of Orlando."

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Fans gather outside of White Plains Hospital

While the video does not show DMX fans gathering in White Plains, a crowd of supporters did pay tribute to the rapper in his final days.

When DMX was on life support April 12, hundreds of fans packed the sidewalks in front of White Plains Hospital's emergency entrance for a prayer vigil that later turned into a rally, according to Fox 5 New York.

Photos of a rally for DMX in New York were captured by photographer Angela Weiss for Getty Images on April 5 and do not resemble the scene in the video taken in Orlando.

DMX's manager says the rapper is still alive and on life support, asks people to 'stop with the rumors'

  DMX's manager says the rapper is still alive and on life support, asks people to 'stop with the rumors' DMX was hospitalized last week and is reportedly in critical condition following a heart attack after an apparent drug overdose. One source told TMZ that DMX "has some brain activity," while another source told the publication the rapper was in a "vegetative state."Earlier Thursday, however, rumors of DMX's death began to trend on social media. Refuting the claims, DMX's manager, Steve Rifkind, said: "Everybody, please stop with posting these rumors. DMX is still alive. Yes, he is on life support, but please, it's not helping anybody by having them see these false rumors. Let the family relax for a night.

DMX died at the White Plains Hospital in New York; the news of his death came Friday. TMZ reported Monday that some of DMX ' s 15 children had been visiting him in the hospital . Later that same day, a prayer vigil was held by family, friends and fans outside the hospital where DMX was receiving care in White Plains , New York. By his own account, DMX suffered a trouble childhood, claiming in interviews that he was beaten by his mother and her various boyfriend. Some beatings were said to be so bad that he lost teeth and sustained many injuries.

DMX ' s manager posted a video to Instagram on Thursday evening in which he said the rapper was still on life support and asked fans to stop speculating and spreading rumors about the rapper's condition. Last week, it was first reported that DMX — born Earl Simmons — had been hospitalized and was in critical condition following a heart attack after an apparent drug overdose. One source told TMZ that DMX "has some brain activity," while another source told the publication the rapper was in a "vegetative state."

A man kneels in front of the memorial for rapper DMX across the street from White Plains Hospital in White Plains on Friday, April 9, 2021. © John Meore/The Journal News A man kneels in front of the memorial for rapper DMX across the street from White Plains Hospital in White Plains on Friday, April 9, 2021.

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Hours after DMX's death, fans assembled a makeshift memorial wall and left flowers, candles, stuffed animals and balloons outside of White Plains Hospital to honor him, Complex reported.

On April 13, DMX's family released a statement saying, "We will keep the public posted on funeral/memorial service arrangements," according to People.

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Our rating: False

A video claiming to show DMX's body leaving White Plains Hospital in New York is FALSE, based on our research. The video shows a group of fans gathering in Orlando to pay tribute to DMX and listen to his songs. Fans created a makeshift wall outside of White Plains Hospital to pay tribute to DMX.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Visit Orlando, accessed April 11, Corona Cigar Company's Superstore & Cigar Bar
  • April Reign, April 11, tweet
  • Fox 5 New York, April 6, "Prayer vigil for rapper DMX held outside White Plains Hospital"
  • Getty Images, April 5, US-MUSIC-DMX-CELEBRITY
  • Getty Images, April 5, US-MUSIC-DMX-CELEBRITY
  • Getty Images, April 5, TOPSHOT-US-MUSIC-DMX-CELEBRITY
  • Associated Press, April 10, "Remembering DMX: Private, public memorial in the works for late rapper, family spokesperson says"
  • Complex, April 9, "DMX Fans Create makeshift Memorial Outside Hospital Following His Death"
  • People, April 13, "DMX's Family Releases Statement on 'Rumors' About His Memorial Service, Master Recordings"

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Video falsely claims to show DMX's body leaving White Plains Hospital

Fact check: No evidence DMX's heart attack was caused by COVID-19 vaccine .
Claims that DMX's death is linked to the COVID-19 are unfounded and stem from a gossip celebrity news site that quotes an unnamed family member.Celebrity gossip sites and social media users used DMX's death to promote an unfounded rumor that he received the COVID-19 vaccine days before his heart attack, suggesting a correlation between the two.

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