The rapper and DMX actor died Friday morning at the age of 50, his family confirmed.
The entertainment world is rocked by the loss of DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons. He suffered a heart attack at his home in New York City last week and was hospitalized at White Plains Hospital on April 2. He was on life support at the hospital and was pronounced dead on Friday in the presence of most of his family.
Simmons’ family released a statement saying:
âEarl was a warrior who fought to the end. He loved his family with all his heart and we treasure the times we spent with him. Earl’s music has inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we mourn the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information on his memorial service once details are finalized. “
Born in Mount Vernon, New York on December 18, 1970, DMX went from what The Source magazine once classified as “Unsigned Hype” to a multi-platinum artist in 1998 with his debut studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. “, Followed seven months later by” Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of My Blood “.
The rapper capped the ’90s with the album following the Grammy nominated album “â¦ And Then There Was X” and kicked off the 21st century with the albums “The Great Depression” and “Grand Champ”. His first five albums all peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, making DMX the only artist to do so at the time.
In addition to music, DMX has performed in films such as “Belly” in 1998, “Romeo Must Die”, “Exit Wounds”, “Cradle 2 the Grave” and “Top Five”. He also launched two clothing lines in 2007 called DMX Authentic and Earl Simmons Signature Collection. The multi-hyphen also modeled the collaboration between Engineered Garments and Timberland in 2017.
DMX was very transparent about his upbringing, drug addiction, and legal battles. He said he became addicted to crack when he was 14 after being offered a marijuana cigarette containing drugs. He turned to rap music while staying at a boys’ house after leaving his own home, and then met rapper Ready Ron, who took on DMX as a partner.
In 2020, he appeared on the native Instagram show Verzuz, started by music producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz (who was part of Ruff Ryders with DMX), with Snoop Dogg, where they performed their hit songs and rapped in freestyle to end the show.
DMX was working on his next album, a sequel to the 2015 album “Redemption of the Beast”, before his untimely death.
On Monday, the family asked for a prayer during a vigil outside the hospital where DMX was staying. Many have taken to social media to pay tribute, including Ruff Ryders, Swizz Beatz and Eve, rapper Missy Elliott and her music label Def Jam.
DMX is survived by his fiancÃ©e Desiree Lindstrom, his 15 children and his mother Arnet Simmons.