The 1990s rapper passed away today, Friday April 9.
Iconic rapper DMX has died at the age of 50. He was in the hospital this week from a drug overdose, and it has been reported by Billboard that he died following a heart attack. He had been put on life support on Sunday.
His family said in a statement: "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. 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."
Born Earl Simmons, DMX was a huge figure in the rap industry. He rose to fame in the late '90s, and his debut album 'It's Dark and Hell Is Hot' in 1998 received critical acclaim.
Throughout his career, he released eight studio albums, and went on to become the fifth best-selling rap artist in America. He also had a number of acting roles, including 'Cradle 2 the Grave'.
Here's one of his most well-known tracks, 'X Gon' Give It To Ya'. RIP DMX.