American actor and rapper, Earl Simmons, popularly known as DMX has died at the age of 50.
Reports say that the rapper was hospitalized on the 2nd of April, after he suffered a heart attack at his home. He would go on to spend the next 7 days at the hospital under life support, before dying today amongst family members.
He had been in a coma all through his seven days in the hospital, a close family member told reporters.
“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,” read a statement from the rapper’s family Friday morning.
“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. 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.”
“Def Jam Recordings and the extended Def Jam family of artists, executives, and employees are deeply and profoundly saddened by the loss of our brother Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons,” read a statement from the label that released Simmons’s first five albums.
“DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world. His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever.”
Cause of Death
It was gathered that the cardiac arrest he suffered may have been due to a drug overdose. After he was taken to White Plains Hospital, his lungs and brain were said to have been in dire condition.
It was gathered that he contracted COVID-19 during the seven days he spent in the hospital, thereby worsening the situation for the multi-platinum rapper.
He would be later taken off life support, as doctors saw no improvements in his brain activity.
Who Was DMX?
Dark Man X was born in Mount Vernon, New York on 18th October, 1970. The hip hop singer endured a troubled childhood and was at some point hit by a drunk driver. He suffered series of abuse at the hands of his mother and her numerous boyfriends.
He spent most of his childhood at children homes, where he eventually discovered his love for music and was later encouraged by his teacher to pursue a career in it. In 1984, at the age of just under 14, Earl started performing shows under the name Dark Man X.
As he gained fame, he began struggling with substance addiction and was in 2017 found guilty of tax evasion charges and sent to one year imprisonment.
He had four children.
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