- Publish Date
- Saturday, 10 April 2021, 7:42PM
Fans, celebrities, and the music world are mourning the death of rap legend Earl "DMX" Simmons, who died on Friday at the age of 50 after suffering a heart attack from an overdose. His family confirmed his death in a statement on Friday.
“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.”
DMX made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. In addition to releasing five No. 1 albums, and earning 3 Grammy nominations, DMX also built a career as an actor, appearing in more than a dozen movies and TV shows.
Music label Def Jam Recordings said in a post via Instagram that they are "deeply and profoundly saddened by the loss of our brother... 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."
Tributes continue to roll in on social media from fans, friends, and collaborators.