American actor, Rap and Hip Hop legend, DMX has passed away at the age of 50.
The ace American rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons was confirmed dead after going into cardiac arrest earlier this month and being admitted to White Plains Hospital in New York City.
His family confirmed his death in a statement 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 finalised.
“White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
Until his death, he is survived by his fifteen children, four of whom are shared with his ex wife Tashera Simmons, who he was married to from 1999 to 2010.
DMX, aka Dark Man X, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 18, 1970, to Arnett Simmons and Joe Barker.
He released his first album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998, becoming a commercial and critical success. Later in 1999, DMX released his most successful album …And Then There Was X, which also boasted his hit single Party Up (Up in Here).
To add to his memoir released in 2003, DMX also featured in his own reality series DMX: Soul Of A Man in 2006.
Since bursting into limelight, DMX had faced lots of arrests and for reckless driving, legal issues surrounding child support and drug possession.
In 2017, he was convicted for tax fraud and from January 2018 to January 2019 had served a year in correctional facility, with an order from a judge to pay $2.29million in restitution to the government.
For the past years, DMX had also openly spoken about suffering from addiction and substance abuse. He had also revealed that he suffered from bipolar disorder.
Following his health crisis in April 2021, various prominent faces from the hip-hop industry spoke out in support of DMX.