Sonovah Hillman Jr., honors her late father earlier this week.
DMX’s daughter shares photo from gravesite of late father
X's leaves behind 15 children, an enormous legacy.
Earl Simmons, aka DMX. On April 2, 2021, DMX was rushed to White Plains Hospital in an emergency that left the rapper unresponsive. He remained for seven days, though in a vegetative state, until he passed away on April 9. Upon investigation, his cause of death was revealed to be a massive heart attack brought on by a cocaine overdose that halted the flow of oxygen to his brain.
The daughter of DMX has recently paid a visit to her late father’s gravesite shortly after the second anniversary of the Ruff Ryders legend’s death.
Sonovah Hillman Jr. took to Instagram on Tuesday (April 11) to pay tribute to DMX with a heartwarming post featuring a photo of her posing alongside her dad’s flower-filled tombstone in his hometown of Yonkers, New York.
“Couldn’t pull up to yo city and not see you. Hey daddy,” she captioned the picture, which also shows her wearing an X T-shirt.
His headstone, meanwhile, features an image of the late rapper with angel wings above the words, “The Legend,” along with the Biblical passage Isaiah 54:17, which begins: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.”
Sonovah was only eight-years-old when her father died. However, it’s obvious X made a life-long impact on his daughter. In the last year, the now 10-year-old has made it her mission to help people struggling with substance abuse and, especially, to help other children who are growing up with addicted parents. In January, she created a GoFundMe to produce a four-part docuseries that she hopes will get “to Netflix and Hulu and all the big things.”
The docuseries is aimed at raising awareness about the way that the fentanyl and opioid crisis has impacted families.
“I lost my aunt and uncle to a drug overdose and my dad to addiction. Fentanyl is affecting every gender, race, class and age group,” she said in a YouTube video promoting her docuseries that is featured on the GoFundMe page. “I started watching old interviews of my dad talking about his drug addiction. I wanted to talk to other butkids whose parents have died from an overdose, or are still currently using.”
She continued, saying the docuseries could help kids because “it will let them express their feelings.”
“It’s a disease,” she said. “It’s hurtful and it’s hard ... we have to deal with it. We have to deal with parents coming home late, not being around all the time. It makes us feel neglected, lonely.”
After her father's death Sonovah asked her mom if she could visit a rehabilitation facility because she wanted to better understand what her father grappled with. After reaching out, an Oakland facility agreed to let her stop by.
“I heard my dad talk about it in an interview. I just wanted to see what the experience was,” she said. “A lot of adults are uncomfortable about the conversation that I want to have with them.
At the rehab center, “this one guy just said he wanted to be left alone.”
After visiting, she said, “I learned that a lot of people deal with a lot of trauma.”
That’s one of the main things she wants to discuss in her docuseries.