Earl Simmons, 50, better known as DMX, died on Friday, April 9, 2021, after suffering a heart attack from an apparent drug overdose and spending almost a week in the hospital and several days on life support.
DMX’s family released a statement announcing his death.
“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,” his family said in the statement.
DMX – Dark Man X – became the premier artist signed to the Ruffhouse Records label and shot to stardom with his “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem” in 1998.
The rapper sold millions of albums and became one of the most iconic stars of hardcore hip hop.
Snoop is killing me 😂😂😂 RIP DMX!pic.twitter.com/imMhLkaHUL
— Keith Davis (@Greenwave3jd) April 9, 2021
As successful as he was, DMX also struggled with substance abuse and occasionally found himself on the wrong side of the law.
Following his demise a lot of athletes around the world are paying tribute to the rapper in the wake of his death.
NFL’s A.J. Brown: “All Dawgs go to Heaven!! RIP DMX.”
RIP DMX if you know me you know I fw X heavy smh this one hurt 😕
— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) April 9, 2021
DMX RIP BROTHER FOREVER
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) April 9, 2021