The battle for estate of late US rapper, DMX, has taken another turn, as a lady has come forward claiming to be the child of the late hip-hop star.
Page Six reports that a woman from Georgia named Raven Barmer-Simmons contacted DMX’s other adult children in the past few weeks.
It is reported that she and the other 14 alleged children of the late rapper will all undergo a DNA test to confirm their paternity.
If she is one of DMX’s kids, she could be the 15th.
A battle is already brewing over who to get what as assets are being divided.
A judge appointed three of DMX’s sons, Xavier, Tacoma and Sean as temporary administrators, but that is said not to please 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 has further complicated setting up the estate.
“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,” he added.
“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 overdose which triggered a heart attack in April. He was 50.