DMX, the first hip-hop artist to top the charts with his initial five albums, and almost his sixth, has died. He was 50. Born Earl Simmons, the rapper and actor suffered a heart attack on April 2 had been in the intensive care unit in a White Plains, NY hospital on life support ever since. “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,” said a statement from the rapper’s family on Friday.
Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” they added. “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.