Reverend Run's Baby Dies at Birth

Reverend Run's Baby Dies at Birth
Rev. Run and Justin Simmons
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updated 09/27/2006 AT 06:00 PM EDT

originally published 09/27/2006 AT 04:20 PM EDT

The baby daughter of rap legend Reverend Run and his wife Justine died at birth.

Run (real name: Joseph Simmons) issued the following statement on Wednesday through MTV: "On September 26, 2006, Victoria Anne Simmons for some unknown reason chose to come early and unfortunately did not survive.

"We must accept whatever is there and once you accept unconditionally, then everything is beautiful. Every pain has a purifying effect."

The baby was delivered Tuesday at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., the Associated Press reports. Justine Simmons is fine.

Run, a founding member of the seminal rap group Run-D.M.C., and his wife married in 1994, and have two sons Daniel (Diggy) and Russell II (Russy). Run's three older children, Vanessa, Angela and Joseph Jr., are from a previous relationship.

The family stars in the MTV reality series Run's House, which follows the minister and his wife as they raise their five children. The show was picked up for a second season, which began airing in June. Rev. Run was ordained a minister by the nondenominational New York City church Zoe Ministries in Aug. 1995.

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