Rev. Run Addresses Child Loss, "We See Life In Death"
The rapper's wife, Justine, delivered the baby girl via c-section at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ on Tuesday (September 26). The child died a short time later.
Justine was pregnant with Victoria throughout much of the second season of the family's MTV reality show "Run's House." The sex of the baby was left as a cliffhanger on the season finale.
"On Sept. 26, 2006, Victoria Anne Simmons for some unknown reason chose to come early and unfortunately did not survive," said Run via the statement. "We must accept whatever is there and once you accept unconditionally, then everything is beautiful. Every pain has a purifying effect. So whatever comes your way, just be thankful. We see life in death and believe in the celebration of life in death."
According to TMZ.com, the baby girl reportedly emerged with some organs outside the body. The site also claimed that MTV cameras were inside the hospital at the time of the birth, but it is still unclear whether they were in the delivery room.
Russell Simmons , Run's older brother , discounted TMZ.com's report about the baby emegering with some organs outside the body.
"I don't think that's true," Russell told The New York Daily News. "I just spoke to Joey and Justine, and they're very strong - the whole family is very strong. Being overwhelmed by grief is the normal state of things, but they recognize that it's all God. I don't think they're overwhelmed by grief, but they're struggling."
Russell revealed he was 'sure' that MTV were there during the birth and that the show will have to deal with the tragedy.