Rap legend, DMX, is dead. He was born Earl Simmons but he chose the stage name DMX, which he said is an acronym for Dark Man X. He died at the age of 50. He was born on December 18, 1970.
“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,” his family said in a statement.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the statement added. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”
DMX suffered a heart attack on the 2nd of April and was rushed to White Plains Hospital in New York City. The next day, his attorney Murray Richman confirmed he was on life support but would not confirm whether the heart attack was brought on by drug overdose.
On April 9, 2021, he lost functionality in multiple essential organs, including his lungs, liver, and kidneys, and was pronounced dead later in the day.
DMX grew up in the streets, and became addicted to crack cocaine at the age of 14 when he was tricked into smoking marijuana laced with the drug.
He released his first studio album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, in 1998. It went on to become a hit debuting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The multiplatinum-selling album included the hit tracks “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy.”
He had four other chart-topping albums which includes “… And Then There Was X,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” “The Great Depression” and “Grand Champ.”
He has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.
DMX also built a career as an actor. He starred in the 1998 film “Belly” and appeared in “Romeo Must Die” a couple of years later with Jet Li and the singer Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for the film’s soundtrack song “Come Back in One Piece.”
He had 15 children.