The rapper who got known for his music and his disputes, DMX, has died at 50 years of age, as it got announced by his family.
DMX, in a family statement, said:
“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.”
Furthermore, they added:
“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.”
The artist had gotten hospitalized after he suffered a heart attack last week in his New York home, according to Murray Richman, who has been his long-time attorney.
Many artists, athletes, and other celebrities took to social media on Friday to pay their tributes to him.
Chriss Redd, the actor, tweeted:
“My childhood and love for music would not have been the same without this man. DMX was easily my favorite artist growing up. I had every album, every ruff Ryder song, followed any artist he endorsed. Man….RIP the dog. There will never be another like him.”
Dark Man X or DMX in the early 1990s began his rapping career, and his first debut album ‘It’d Dark, and Hell Is Hot,” got released in 1998
After the deaths of his fellow rappers like Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G, DMX got the chance and became the ruling star of hip hop and got signed to the Ruffhouse Records label.
His single, “Ruff Ryder Anthem,” was the step to his commercial success.
Over the years, the rapper released many albums, from which many were commercially successful, like “And Then There Was X,” which got released in 1999 and got nominated for the best rap album category for a Grammy.
This nomination was one of the three Grammy nominations he got.
He sold millions of albums and hits like “Get At Me Dog” in 1998, in 1999 “Party Up” and in 2003 “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.’
Furthermore, he got into acting and started his acting career, where he appeared in many movies like ‘Cradle 2 The Grave’ and ‘Romeo Must Die.’
However, at times his achievements got overshadowed by his problems with substance abuse and law run-ins.
He even got a year sentence to prison in 2017 as he pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
In 2019, DMX canceled his concert tour to get treatment for his addiction as he said it was time to put his family and sobriety first.
In 2019, he also spoke to GQ about his struggles.
DMX to GQ said:
“I just need to have a purpose. And I don’t even know that purpose, because God has given me that purpose since before I was in the womb, so I’m going to fulfill that purpose … whether I want to or not, whether I know it or not, because the story has already gotten written. If you appreciate the good, then you have to accept the bad.”