A week after he suffered a massive heart attack, the rapper DMX has died. According to a statement made by his family to People:
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.
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.
The rapper was among the biggest stars of the genre in the early to mid 2000’s. He rose to fame among an open addiction problem that he battled for his whole life.
He earned three Grammy Award nominations among countless other awards through his career. He’s released 15 “mega-hit” songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Music wasn’t his only passion. DMX also starred in film, television, and video games. His credits include: South Park, Def Jam: Fight For New York, Romeo Must Die, and more.
He’s survived by his mother, his children, and their mothers.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.