Irv Gotti faced an onslaught of criticism after he suggested DMX died from a “bad dose of crack” during an interview with Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI last week.
Now, the Murder Inc. co-founder has issued an apology in a lengthy Instagram post shared to his account on Saturday (May 1).
“1st off,” he began in the caption. “Let me say again. How much I love my n-gga X. The fact that this is coming into Question is the only reason why I feel the need to address the bullshit. I love X and love him Unconditionally and that won’t change til I die. Dog Love.”
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Gotti then insisted he didn’t say anything that hadn’t already been reported.
“Now the interview I did for @wgci and @kendragmedia is the interview where I said what I said about DMX,” he continued. “Now Everything I said. Had already been reported in the media. If you look back at @balleralert and @theshaderoom and other media outlets. everything I said had been out there already.
“I did not break anything I said. But you know what. I understand. No one wanted to hear it from me. And for that I am truly sorry.”
He continued, “To ever make people think. I don’t love my n-gga X. Anybody that knows me or knew X. Cannot ever front like me and X didn’t share a special bond. I put my whole career on the line for X. And did things for X that is unquestionable. Our relationship grew and grew to the point where I feel I understood X and the love he wanted. That’s why I say DOG LOVE. Unconditional LOVE is what I gave X.”
Before Gotti wrapped up his caption, he admitted he spoke out of turn and shouldn’t have speculated on DMX’s manner of death, especially when the autopsy reports were still pending.
“I spoke with @tasherasimmons Who I love also,” he wrote. “And I apologized as soon as I seen it went left. I explained to her I was only saying things that I heard reported already. To which she said they don’t know if it’s real yet. They are waiting for the doctors to come back and tell them. Then which I apologized even more … I apologize for talking out of turn.
“In my defense. I honestly thought I wasn’t saying anything that everyone didn’t hear already. If anyone thinks the love I have for X is nothing but genuine unconditional love. Just look at our history. Really look at it. And there is no way you can think that. Love you X. Until I die and see you again.”
DMX passed away at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York on April 9 after a week on life support. He was 50.