Veteran American rapper Earl Simmons popularly known as DMX has died at the age of 50. The news of his death was announced by his family after spending one week in the hospital.
“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,” the family said as they announce the tragic news.
The statement continues, “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.”
TMZ had earlier reported that his health is rapidly deteriorating as he remains on life support, with not much more doctors can do
Adding that all the major organs had shut down raising concerns for his family to pull the plug off his life support machine.
The rapper was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack on Friday, April 2.
He was rushed to the White Plains Hospital in New York where he received treatment until his death.
DMX’s music career begin back in the ’80s, and released his debut album ‘It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot’ in 1998, to both critical acclaim and commercial success, selling 251,000 copies within its first week of release.
He also saw success in acting which he featured in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour.
He was married to Tashera Simmons in 1999 and they were married for eleven years, survived by his 15 children. The youngest was born in 2016 to his fiancee, Desiree Lindstrom.