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The American rapper suffered a heart attack earlier in the week and sadly passed away aged 50, with family by his side having been on life support.
On Saturday there was a surprise tribute to the former actor, real name Earl Simmons, as Wright was analysing Leeds United's excellent win over Manchester City.
Gary Lineker rattled off some impressive stats from Leeds performance and then asked the former Arsenal striker how Marcelo Biesla's side had won.
Wright paraphrased 'Something new... Stop, drop, shut 'em down, open up shop' from DMX's song Ruff Ryders' Anthem, saying, "They stopped them, dropped them, opened up the shop on them, to be honest," a reference Lineker enjoyed.
A DMX tribute on MOTD.- VERSUS (@vsrsus) April 10, 2021
Protect Ian Wright at all costs. pic.twitter.com/VwWsrVItOf
Ian Wright was already a legend in my eyes but sneaking in a DMX tribute pun on MOTD was elite :joy::ok_hand:- Tom (@Tom_TheCreative) April 10, 2021
Did Ian Wright just do a DMX tribute in his first line on Match of the Day? :heart::heart::heart:- Harry Harris (@CmonHarris) April 10, 2021
Ian Wright tonight paraphrasing lyrics from DMX - Ruff Ryders Anthem on Match Of The Day is another reason why he should be cherished as the national treasure that he is. What's even better is Gary Lineker got the reference. What times we live in #MOTD #RIPDMX #RuffRyders pic.twitter.com/2bKgafLzJ4- Alex Bissell (@AlexBissell12) April 10, 2021
Ian Wright with a DMX tribute on MOTD The mans a national treasure who must be protected at all costs.- Adam :checkered_flag: (@adam_r91) April 10, 2021
Ian Wright's DMX tribute during Leeds analysis was a touch :ok_hand: https://t.co/wcSKNMoOEk- Matt Searle (@earlofsearle) April 11, 2021
Just when I thought I couldn't possibly love @IanWright0 anymore :pray:- Dean Ward (@dkgward) April 10, 2021
It really was an impressive performance from Leeds on Saturday afternoon, as they shocked the league leaders despite playing much of the match with 10 men.
The visitors took a surprise lead through Stuart Dallas just three minutes before half time, but disaster struck even closer to the break.
Liam Cooper was controversially sent off in injury time at the end of the first half, leaving Bielsa's side with a whole half to hold on.
Pep Guardiola brought on Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden as they chased the game and it paid off just two minutes after Foden's arrival, as Ferran Torres equalised.
The league leaders then went for a winner but in injury time Dallas incredibly scored again on the break, to earn a famous win.
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