DMX – a famed rapper known for hits such as "Where the Hood At?" and "X Gon' Give It to Ya" – has passed away at age 50 after suffering a heart attack last week.
In a statement provided to numerous outlets including People, the family of the artist, born Earl Simmons, confirmed that he died at White Plains Hospital in New York.
"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," they wrote in a statement.
Despite his passing, his family said he “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,” they concluded.
White Plains Hospital also released a statement on his death, confirming that the musician suffered a “catastrophic cardiac arrest” last week.
"White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest."
Over the weekend, DMX’s longtime lawyer Murray Richman confirmed to The Associated Press that DMX was admitted to the intensive care unit on Friday night after suffering a heart attack at his home around 11 p.m. local time.
Richman added to NBC News that upon being admitted, DMX had to be resuscitated and was put on life support.
Although TMZ wrote that DMX had suffered a reported drug overdose that triggered the heart event, Richman said he is unsure as to what caused the heart attack.
Early Friday morning, sources told TMZ that DMX’s liver, kidneys, and lung function had shut down.
While doctors performed a series of battery tests on him Wednesday, insiders told TMZ the results were “not good.”
After news of DMX’s passing went viral, a number of celebrities – including our very own Loni – paid their respects on social media.
I was fortunate enough to meet #DMX many times but my fav memory was when he & @sherrieshepherd were in an airport together.. She called me and X took the phone and we talked, laughed & prayed a good 30 minutes ... I wish we had more time .. 🙏🏾🙏🏾RIP— Loni Love (@LoniLove) April 9, 2021
No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X's family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating. #RIPDMX 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🖤— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 9, 2021
❌4L!! Rest In Paradise LEGEND!! 🐕🐕 pic.twitter.com/Y0m0DVl5Up— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 9, 2021
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, DMX got his start in the music industry in 1984, when he beatboxed for a local rapper named Ready Ron.
He eventually released his debut album, “It's Dark and Hell Is Hot,” in 1998, which spawned hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Get at Me Dog.”
In addition to music, DMX was a talented actor who appeared in films such as “Belly,” “Romeo Must Die,” “Exit Wounds,” “Cradle 2 the Grave,” and “Last Hour.”
He is survived by his 15 children, the youngest of which was born in 2016 to his fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom.
Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones for their loss.