Earl Simmons, 50, better known as DMX, died on Friday after suffering a heart attack from an apparent drug overdose and spending almost a week in the hospital and several days on life support.
DMX’s family released a statement announcing his death.
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” his family said in the statement.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.
“We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”
DMX dominated charts after joining the rap scene in the early 1990s, and served as the frontman for the Ruff Ryders collective, which helped launch the careers of artists including Grammy winners Eve and Swizz Beatz.
The artist’s career also included several acting projects, including in his starring role in the 1998 film “Belly” and an appearance in 2000′s “Romeo Must Die.”
Celebrities and others took to social media Friday to share their sadness upon hearing the news of the rapper’s passing, with many sending condolences and messages of support to his family.
— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) April 9, 2021
DMX gave hope to the hopeless.. RIP legend 🙏🏾
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 9, 2021
Rip DMX ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ckdrJKIZdo
— TwterTok (@TwterTok) April 9, 2021
Rest in Heaven DMX
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 9, 2021
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