“We are deeply saddened today to announce that the birth name of our loved one, DMX, Earl Simmons, was 50 years old with his family at White Plains Hospital after being put on life support for the past few days.” , “The family statement read in part.
“The earl was a warrior who fought to the very end,” the family continued. “He loved his family with all his heart and we cherish the time we spend with him.”
Artists, athletes and other celebrities paid tribute to him on social media on Friday.
“My childhood and love for music would not have been the same without this man,” actor Chris Red tweeted. “DMX was easily becoming my favorite artist. I had every album, every Rough Rider song, followed any artist he loved. Dude …. rip off the dog. Never the other like him. Will happen.”
DMX (Dark Man X) began rapping in the early 1990s and released their debut album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” in 1998.
With fellow rappers The Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur bursting onto the scene before he died, DMX became one of the reigning stars of hardcore hip hop and was the lead artist signed to the Roughhouse Records label.
His single, “Rough Riders Anthem” helped seal his critical and commercial success.
The rapper released several albums over the years, one of which was the most commercially successful, “… and was followed by X,” which was released in 1999 and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rap Albums category I went. It was one of three Grammy nominations for the rapper.
He sold millions of albums from hit films such as “Get At Me Dog” in 1998, “Party Up” in 1999, and “X Gone ‘Give It to Ye”.
He praised his rising fame in an acting career, starring in several films including “Romeo Must Die” and “Cradle 2 the Grave”.
The same year he spoke to GQ about his struggles.
Recently, DMX thrilled fans last year when he appeared in a Verzu fight with fellow artist Snoop Dogg.