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Over the weekend, hip hop mogul Irv Gotti apologized for his statement saying that DMX had passed away from fentanyl laced crack. The comment was made during an interview with Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI last week.

“They said it was a bad dose of crack, and they said some drug fentanyl was mixed in with the crack and that’s what made him overdose,” Gotti told the host. “Then when he got to the hospital, he got diagnosed with COVID and he couldn’t breathe. You know that COVID messes with your respiratory system, so that’s why he had to get hooked up to the ventilator. But they said before he did, he was brain dead.”

This was met with backlash from people like rapper 50 Cent who said “This guy is a idiot … did he just say DMX died from smoking crack and fentanyl! why would he say that?” Swizz Beatz hopped in saying, “Bozo moves can’t lie.”

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That’s when Gotti, whose real name is Irving Domingo Lorenzo Jr. shared a lengthy apology on Instagram saying, “Now Everything I said had already been reported in the media …” Irv wrote, before citing a couple of online reports. “Everything I said had been out there already. I did not break anything I said. But you know what, I understand. No one wanted to hear it from me. And for that I am truly sorry. To ever make people think. I don’t love my n***a X.”

He went on to say he felt the info he was sharing was legit. “I apologize for talking out of turn. In my defense, I honestly thought I wasn’t saying anything that everyone didn’t hear already. If anyone thinks the love I have for X is nothing but genuine unconditional love. Just look at our history. Really look at it. And there is no way you can think that. Love you X.”

So far the cause of death has not been revealed by the medical examiner and the family has not confirmed details of reports surrounding his death. Also, in following this story, one thing that was not largely said was that DMX died of fentanyl laced crack. But to be fair, for the people who don’t spend a significant amount of time online, it’s easy to take either an early report or misinformation to spread it. I think that’s one thing we’ve learned in the past few years, how easy it is to spread false information, sometimes unknowingly. The important thing is he corrected himself.