DMX's fiancée Desiree Lindstrom has inked an indelible memorial to the late rapper on her arm following his death last week from a heart attack at home.
The hip hop star's family shared news of his death on Saturday morning (NZ time) after he had been on life support for several days. They did not confirm or deny rumours that the heart attack was caused by a drug overdose.
Lindstrom had the words 'Dog Love' - the title of a song he released in 2006 - inked on her arm by tattoo artist Krystal Kills, along with an 'X' in the rapper's trademark font.
Kills said she was "honoured" to have tattooed the piece, but "also saddened".
To Lindstrom, she wrote: "I pray you find your way through these dark times, and remember the love you had for each other will forever be untethered. I’m glad I got to witness it. The world lost an icon but also a great father. Praying for your family. REST IN POWER DMX."
According to TMZ, Lindstrom got the tattoo just hours after DMX died.
Days before his death, Lindstrom and the rapper's ex-wife Tashera Simmons attended a prayer vigil outside White Plains Hospital in New York, along with hundreds of others.
Fans and family members filled the street, sobbing, blasting DMX's music, standing on cars and revving their motorbikes.
Lindstrom and DMX, real name Earl Simmons, had one child together, a five-year-old son called Exodus.