Bronx restaurant pays tribute to rapper DMX with mural painting

OLINVILLE, Bronx (WABC) – A local artist and restaurant owner paid tribute to the late rapper DMX with a mural that was unveiled Tuesday night.

The mural was painted in front of the tropical La Estrella restaurant in the Olinville section.

The restaurant owner and member of Ruff Ryder’s Entertainment, Eddy De Jesus, used his room to pay tribute to the rapper.

The Bronx resident hired a mural painter to create the painting.

“I was blessed and honored to have this piece done by an amazing artist,” said De Jesus. “He’s a great artist and does a number of murals. It’s been an honor to be able to do this. I am honored and blessed to be able to do this.”

DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, died last Friday at the age of 50.

The Grammy-nominated actor died after a “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to a statement from the White Plains, New York hospital. He was taken there from home on April 2nd.

De Jesus says DMX was a big part of Yonkers and the Bronx, but he made a huge impact around the world.

“He made an impression in hip-hop in New York, for me personally it was his music, his style, the love he brings,” said De Jesus. “The tenacity he has with everyone. I was able to be part of this family.”

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