DMX was drowning in nearly $700,000 in tax debt at the time of his death.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the late rapper was facing severe financial problems. The Party Up musician passed away on April 9.
Several months before his tragic overdose, the IRS started coming after him for old unpaid tax bills.
On September 17, the Internal Revenue Service filed a federal tax lien against DMX and his ex-wife Tashera Simmons. The document accused the former couple of owing for the years 2002, 2003, and 2005.
The debt broke down to $358,681.62 (2002), $35,896.09 (2003) and $268,976.84 (2005). The grand total owed on the lien is $663,554.55.
On the same day, the IRS filed a separate lien against DMX, without his ex-attached, over an additional $338k owed for 2002.
DMX had a long history of issues paying Uncle Sam. In 2018, the rapper was sentenced to one year in prison for tax fraud. He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in the federal case. In documents, the government said DMX had tried to avoid paying $1.7 million in taxes.
The newly discovered liens help explain the recent court filings made by DMX's children. As Radar previously reported, two separate petitions were filed by two groups of his children
Earlier this month, his two daughters Sasha Simmons and Jada Oden asked the court to appoint them as administrators of their father's estate. They believed the value of his assets was less than $50,000. A couple of days later, their brothers Xavier, Tacoma, and Sean filed documents.
The brothers don't agree with the value of the estate. In their filing, they say their father's assets are worth around $1 million.
The court has yet to hear from his 10 other children. It's unclear if DMX had a will that covered what his kids received if he passed away. At the time of his death, he was engaged to a woman named Desiree Lindstrom. She has yet to make any moves in court.
In April, DMX suffered a heart attack after a drug overdose at his home in New York. He had severe brain damage after being without air for nearly 30 minutes. He was rushed to a hospital where he laid in a coma for several days.