Earl Simmons, also known as the rapper DMX, has died aged 50 at White Plains Hospital after being 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,” said Simmons’ family.
DMX’s manager, Steve Rifkind said that the rapper was hospitalized last Friday night after suffering a heart attack and has been on life support ever since.
DMX reportedly had “no brain activity” while he was in the hospital and was speculated to have taken drugs and overdosed.
DMX was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on Dec. 18, 1970, to teenaged parents.
According to DMX, had an abusive childhood and suffered from asthma and other ailments.
His monicker came from an Oberheim DMX drum machine at the boy’s home where he grew up.
DMX is best known for his song Ruff Ryders Anthem and has launched several award-winning albums throughout his career and appeared in a few movies.
Despite his fame, DMX fathered of 15 children from different women and was arrested multiple times in several different states for various crimes ranging from drug abuse, traffic offenses, tax fraud, failure to pay child support, resisting arrest, and animal cruelty.
In 2013, DMX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was involved in a traffic accident in 2016 because of his asthma.
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