Rapper DMX Dies Aged 50

Friday, 09 April 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: DMX Official Facebook

DMX has died aged 50.

The hip hop icon and actor, real name Earl Simmons, passed away after being hospitalised following a fatal heart attack on April 2. His family confirmed the news with a statement:

"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 New York star, known for his gruff tone, was regarded as one of the most popular rappers to emerge in the 1990s, scoring five US number one albums, one of them being his most successful third full-length, '…And Then There Was X', released in 1999. His label Def Jam Recordings paid tribute writing:

"Def Jam Recordings and the extended Def Jam family of artists, executives and employees are deeply and profoundly saddened by the loss of our brother Earl "DMX" Simmons. DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world. His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever."

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