The battle for estate of late rapper DMX has taken another turn as a lady has come foward, claiming to be the child of the late hip-hop star.
Page Six reported that a Georgia woman named Raven Barmer-Simmons contacted DMX’s other adult children in the past few weeks. She and the fellow 14 alleged children of the late rapper will all undergo a DNA test to confirm their paternity.
If she is indeed one of DMX’s kids, she could be the 15th. A battle is already shaping up over who gets what as assets get divided. A judge appointed 3 of DMX’s sons, Xavier, Tacoma and Sean as temporary administrators, but that’s clearly not sitting well with everyone.
The late rapper’s fiancée Desiree Lindstrom, who is the mother to his 5-year-old son, Exodus, had applied to the court to be legally declared his “common-law wife,” but the judge shut her down.
Lindstrom had also petitioned the court to be an administrator of his estate estimated to be worth around $1 million, as had the late rapper’s older daughters, Sasha Simmons and Jada Oden.
Commenting on the development, Herbert Nass, the trusts and and estates attorney for Xavier, Tacoma and Sean Simmons said;
“Judge Blackwood appointed Xavier, Tacoma and Sean as the temporary administrators of the estate.
“The next big thing is to determine who are the rightful heirs. 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.
“We need to collect assets and pay debts and administration costs. 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.”
Despite selling more than 74 million albums and building a successful career in both music and movies, DMX left behind an estate estimated to be in debt.
Nass added that lack of a will from DMX had further complicated setting up the estate. He said;
“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.
“We spoke to a number of surety companies and it was only Thomas Whittemore at Executive Bond who was able to get it done.”
DMX died of an OD which triggered a heart attack back in April. He was 50.