DMX’s ex-wife,Tashera Simmons, celebrated her only daughter Praise Mary Ella’s 16th birthday with an emotional tribute on Instagram Sunday, nine days after her ex-husband died.

She began, “April 18 2005. God blessed my family with an angel of light…Praise-Mary Ella-Irene Simmons. Glory be to God. Happy Sweet 16 baby girl!! We are so proud of the amazing young woman God has grown you to be! So thoughtful, So kind, So respectful! And a true lover of God! My prayer is that as you continue this Journey called life, that you’ll be covered in the blood of Jesus. Continue to be resilient. Continue to raise the bar. Continue to conquer mountains. Continue to walk in your purpose.”


DMX died at White Plains Hospital in New York on April 9, one week after suffering a heart attack.

Tashera continued, “Unfortunately we’ve been Challenge with some dark times in this season. But God is able! Life is so short. Your father was so proud of you. And would have wanted you to enjoy your day. So as we continue to celebrate your dad’s legacy, we celebrate another year that God has gifted you with life, like we’ve never before! Love on your love ones! Celebrate them while in your presence. Give them flowers while they can smell them. Death come to us all. Embrace the time God has granted us on this earth with full gratitude. Love heard. Forgive easy. Don’t miss it. God bless.”

Tashera turned 50 a day after X’s death. She used the day to pay tribute to the father of all four of her kids.

She wrote, “Happy 50th birthday to me. With much prayer, pulling. Crying and a roller coaster of emotions. I couldn’t bring myself to just celebrate and close the last 50yrs of my life with out celebrating the life of one of thee most important person in the world to me, my Ex-husband.I know today is my day. But I also understand that God is love.”

Tashera and DMX married in 1998 and later divorced in 2014.

“I am so grateful to God and Honored from the bottom of my heart, For the opportunity while on this Journey called life to join hands in marriage with a true disciple and Angel of God to do life with when we did. Everything we went through was necessary. It made me the women I am today. As I enter a new chapter in life, I don’t walk in it the same. Life is so fragile and special at the same time! My life lessons have raised me up to be a Mighty warrior of God! Loving, resilient and strong!”

Adding, “Thank you everyone for the over poor of your love and concern. It’s a very tuff time right now for me and my family…but I learned from one of the strongest men I knew. We will get through. God bless you all.”

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