Lamar Odom, who has publicly battled drug addiction, wrote an emotional letter to DMX within the wake of the rapper’s demise following an overdose.
The previous NBA participant addressed the celebs’ shared struggles in a notice posted to Instagram.
“Your demise will carry life to so many of us celebrities who’re ridiculed publicly however endure silently with the battle of addiction,” Odom, 41, wrote. “Psychological Well being Consciousness is a should in our communities and perhaps now after dropping one other G.O.A. T we will create actual platforms with actual options to deal with this, we will’t lose one other DMX 💪🏾.
“Fly excessive my man 🙏🏾.”
DMX, whose actual title was Earl Simmons, died on April 2 after a drug overdose left him in a “vegetative state.” He was 50 years outdated.
The rapper and Odom, who’re both New York natives, have publicly struggled with addiction points for years.
In 2020, DMX spoke in an interview about being given crack for the primary time on the age of 14 by his mentor.
“I hit the blunt, and … I used to be now not centered on the cash. I’ve by no means felt like this, it simply f–ked me up. I later came upon that he laced the blunt with crack. Why would you do this to a toddler?” DMX mentioned within the emotional interview.
Odom practically died in 2015 after a drug overdose at a Nevada brothel left him in a coma.
“All my medical doctors that see me say I’m a strolling miracle,” he instructed Kevin Hart in a 2018 interview, reflecting on his situation. “I had 12 strokes and 6 coronary heart assaults once I was in a coma.”
Odom’s 2019 memoir touched on every little thing from his addiction to dishonest on then-wife Khloé Kardashian to his psychological well being struggles. He mentioned that yr that he labored laborious to take care of his sobriety.