The popular American rapper, Earl Simmons known as DMX, is dead.
The rapper had been on life support since last week after suffering an overdose.
TMZ had reported that the rapper had suffered brain function after he was deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes following his overdose, and as his brain function never returned, his organs began failing while he remained on life support in a New York hospital.
His family members have been visiting the hospital within the past week as he was recuperating.
A member of his family told TMZ: “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.”
The statement continues: “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.”
DMX started his journey in music back then in the 1980s with his perfomance with Ready Ron, while simultaneously serving a jail time.
He finally got himself in the art in the 1990s, and was eventually signed to Columbia Records’ Ruffhouse imprint, and appeared on records with Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mase and even the rock band, Sum 41.
He rose to fame in 1998 when he released his Ruff Ryders debut studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” to critical acclaim and commercial success.
The rapper produced 4 singles – “Get At Me Dog,” “How’s It Goin’ Down,” “Stop Being Greedy” and his best known track “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” that became the song everyone played to get hyped.
‘Ruff Ryders” has gone down in history as one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever, and it ended up making it on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
He followed up that success quickly with his 2nd album “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood”, which came out in December of 1998, and ended up hitting #1.
At the time, he became the second rapper to release back-to-back albums in the same year after Tupac.
DMX rode on the success of his second album making his third album a hit with the single “Party Up (Up in Here)”, that helped him get major play on radio, in clubs and in movies.
In the film industry, DMX made his debut in 2000’s “Romeo Must Die,” which starred Jet Li playing a version of Romeo opposite Aaliyah.
Other movies that he featured in were “Exit Wounds”, “Cradle 2 the Grave”, “Never Die Alone” and “Last Hour.”
Though, the rapper made name in both music and movies, but fought many legal battles as he was charged for various offences on weapons, drugs, DUI and tax evasion. He served time for some of those cases, but always continued his music career.
DMX released hitsongs like “X Gon’ Give It to Ya”, “Where the Hood At?”, “Lord Give Me a Sign”, and “We in Here.” despite his prosecution.
His life turned around in 2019 after ending a 12-month sentence for tax evasion, and had long battled with substance abuse and it was at this point that he did his last rehab stint.
He made his return to the stage in December 2019 when he hit Hakkasan in Las Vegas.
In July 2020, DMX was involved in a versus battle with Snoop Dogg as over 500,000 fans worldwide watched the two rap legends on Instagram Live.
The rappers entertained their fans as they complemented each other, and rocked some of their most iconic tracks, as DMX hopped on and joined Snoop for ‘Ain’t No Fun.’
Snoop also got down with “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Gin and Juice” while DMX did “Where My Dogs At” and his megahit-song “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” which brought Snoop out of his seat.
DMX is reportedly survived by his 15 children, as the youngest was born in 2016 to his fiancee, Desiree Lindstrom.