American rapper, DMX, has passed on at the age of 50, his family announced in 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,” family’s statement read in part.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the family continued. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”
DMX was hospitalized last Friday night after suffering a heart attack. His manager, Steve Rifkind, said on Wednesday that he remained on life support and in a coma, and was scheduled to undergo brain function tests.
The gruff-voiced New York rapper, whose real name was Earl Simmons, first emerged in the late 1990s, with two enormously successful albums, his debut “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” and “… And Then There Was X,” both of which went to No. 1. He released seven studio albums and appeared in several films, including “Belly” and “Romeo Must Die,” but his life and career were dogged by substance abuse and run-ins with the law that saw him serving time in prison.
His most recent concert performance was in Las Vegas in December of 2019, following a long stint in rehab, although last July he and and his longtime friend and fellow canine-themed rapper Snoop Dogg faced off in a popular episode of the Verzuz DJ battle, which sees two performers or producers squaring off and comparing their musical histories. An audience of more than half a million tuned in for one of the most popular battles in the series.