The family of Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX, has confirmed that the rapper passed away Friday after suffering a heart attack.
“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,” the family said in a released statement.
“Last night, Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home. At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. Earl has been a warrior his entire life,” Richman said.
DMX’s career spanned over 20 years with the release of his first album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot,” in 1998.
He received critical acclaim with the release of his second album “And Then There Was X,” which was nominated for best rap album by the Grammy Awards. He later had a short-lived acting career, where he starred in the films “Romeo Must Die” and “Cradle 2 The Grave.”
His career took a dive in the mid-2000s as he battled substance abuse and legal drama for tax evasion.
DMX always spoke candidly about his issues with addiction.
“I just need to have a purpose,” he said. “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 been written. If you appreciate the good, then you have to accept the bad.”