Legendary rapper DMX died last Friday at the age of 50.
His death was announced the morning after his manager issued a statement on social media to dispel premature rumors about his passing. On April 9, DMX’s family confirmed that he had passed away.
“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,” DMX’s family said in a statement, per BBC. “Earl was a warrior who fought ’til the very end.”
TMZ broke the news on his condition last weekend when DMX was rushed to the hospital last weekend after suffering a heart attack. On April 5, his lawyer Murray Richman updated the media, saying the rapper was “quite ill.”
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, DMX emerged on the hip hop scene in the late ’90s. One of the faces of Ruff Ryders Entertainment, he released hits like “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “Money, Power, Respect” with The Lox and Lil’ Kim. He’d also ventured into acting, appearing in blockbuster films like Romeo Must Die and Belly.
Later in his career, DMX opened up about his struggles with substance abuse. In 2017, he entered a rehabilitation facility before returning to music in 2019. The following year, he was spotted in the studio with Griselda Records.
The entertainment industry mourned DMX’s passing on social media, with heartfelt tributes from longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz, Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, Missy Elliott, Viola Davis, LeBron James and more. Jet Li, who co-starred with X in several action movies, also paid homage to the late rapper. “Rest In Peace DMX, a true legend. It was truly my honor to work and get to know you,” he tweeted.
RIP, DMX. Stream his final album, 2015’s Redemption of the Beast here:
And see more tributes below:
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— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) April 9, 2021
DMX. 🕊 His gift meant so much to so many. Sending love to his family.
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX ONE OF MY INSPIRATIONS ESPECIALLY WIT THE BIKES! BRING THEM BIKES OUT!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 9, 2021
your impact and influence will live on forever 🕊 sleep well DMX.
— Ella Mai (@ellamai) April 9, 2021
Rest up DMX 🦅
— THE VOICE (@lildurk) April 9, 2021