Earl Simmons known as DMX, who suffered an overdose that resulted in a heart attack on April 2nd, passed away at the age of 50.
His death was confirmed in an official statement from DMX’s family and the White Plains Hospital.
The statement, which was released to members of the media, reads:
“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. 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. 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.”
Prior to news surfacing online of X’s passing, TMZ reported that the rapper underwent brain functionality tests on Wednesday (April 7) to determine if there had been any improvement in his brain activity following his reported overdose nearly a week ago. However, the outlet revealed Thursday (April 8) that there weren’t any changes to DMX’s brain.
DMX first broke onto the scene in 1998 with his first studio album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.” The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He achieved more success with the albums “…And Then There Was X,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” all of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. DMX released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.
He also scored several roles in Hollywood films. He starred alongside fellow rapper Nas in the 1998 fan favorite “Belly,” and two years later he joined Jet Li and the singer Aaliyah in the action movie “Romeo Must Die.”
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) April 9, 2021
— Okayplayer (@okayplayer) April 9, 2021
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) April 9, 2021
DMX has been on my mind all day.
I feel so silly for feeling the way i do about a person i do not know personally. i am reminded.. DMX exposed a lot of his wounds through music so i can heal mine. That’s personal enough.
— Crab Leg Luxury. (@ScottieBeam) April 7, 2021
rest easy dmx 🤍
— 🌱 (@noname) April 9, 2021
R.I.P. to THE DOG! ❌
— dvsn ÷ (@dvsn) April 9, 2021
nobody ever existed in rap the way that DMX did
nobody ever will
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 9, 2021
One of the greatest and most polarizing artists of all time. One of people that definitely made me wanna rap. Prayers up for his family and loved ones. Rest In Peace, DMX.
— omen (@omen) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX 😔😔😔 one of my favorite rappers ever. The impact will never be forgotten !!
— RUSS (@russdiemon) April 9, 2021
Rest up DMX 🦅
— THE VOICE (@lildurk) April 9, 2021