Earl Simmons, better known as his stage name DMX has died.
In a statement released by the family, the renowned rapper died on Friday in White plains, N.Y aged 50 years. According to the family the rapper was on a life support at White Plains Hospital after suffering what the family referred as a catastrophic cardiac arrest a week earlier.
“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,” the statement read in part.
On April 2, Mr. Simmons also known as DMX had a heart attack at his home in White Plains. In the the following day his laywer Murray Richman confirmed to the public that the rapper was in coma and on a life support machine.
Fans, friends and family on the consecutive day gathered outside the hospital playing DMX songs in solidarity and praying holding their arms in form of an X.
The music made by Mr. Simmons, a muscular, tattooed and intense figure, was often menacing and dark, with the occasional nod to Christian spirituality.
DMX served time in different correctional institutions for committing offences such as tax fraud, animal cruelty and drug trafficking als. He battled addiction long before he released an album, and his troubled past informed the gritty content and inimitable delivery of his rhymes.
DMX was a dominant figure in hip-hop and popular music in the late 1990s and 2000s. Each of his first five albums reached No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.
After his debut, DMX started acting in movies and in 1998 he and Nas co-starred in the crime movie Belly, where DMX played a young criminal on the rise. But as DMX’s fame grew, so did his addictions. Then appearing on a Television show Iyanla Fix My Life, he said that whatever problems he had with drugs before, “it was nothing like it was when I got money.”
He will be remembered by his signature rasp to his voice and delivery of his lines with a desperate aggression which propelled his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot to multi-platinum level sales. He followed that up with a string of chart-topping albums that included songs like “Party Up (Up In Here).” His rise in music also gave way to acting, in movies such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, and Cradle 2 the Grave.
Here are some of the condolescence messages in remembrance of the rapper.