DMX passed away at New York’s White Plains Hospital in April following a cocaine-induced heart attack, leaving 14 children and a fiancée behind. But according to Page Six, an alleged 15th child of the late Ruff Ryders legend has come forward, wanting a piece of DMX’s estate.
Raven Barmer-Simmons contacted DMX’s other adult children earlier this month and claimed she was DMX’s daughter, but a DNA test must be completed to determine paternity.
On Friday (October 22), Judge Helen Blackwood appointed DMX’s three sons Xavier, Tacoma and Sean Simmons from his 16-year marriage to Tashera Simmons as the temporary administrators of DMX’s estate.
X’s fiancée Desiree Lindstrom, who’s the mother of 5-year-old Exodus, applied to the court to be legally declared his “common-law wife,” but the judge declined her request. She also petitioned the court to be an administrator of his estate worth to be an estimated $1 million.
“The next big thing is to determine who are the rightful heirs,” trusts and and estates attorney Herbert Nass said, “The estate is going to ask everyone to prove paternity through DNA testing. All the legal children of DMX will be entitled to an equal share of his estate.”
Nass also pointed out DMX was saddled with a significant amount of debt at the time of his death — despite selling over 74 million albums during the course of his career.
“We need to collect assets and pay debts and administration costs,” Nass continued. “We don’t have a lot of information about his income streams, but now the temporary administrators have been appointed, we can ask questions and expect answers.”
He then explained DMX died without a will, complicating matters further.
“I want to point out that when a person dies without a will, a surety bond needs to be posted, and obtaining a bond is difficult,” he said. “We spoke to a number of surety companies and it was only Thomas Whittemore at Executive Bond who was able to get it done.”