Hip Hop Legend, DMX Dies After Battle With Complications From Heart Attack.
DMX, a hip-hop Legend, has died at the age of 50. Earl Simmons, the American rapper, died after suffering a cardiac arrest earlier this month. He is on admission at the White Plains Hospital in New York City.
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name Earl Simmons, passed away at 50,” the rapper’s family said in a statement to People.
“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.
“White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
He is survived by his fifteen children, four of whom he shared with his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, with whom he was married from 1999 to 2010.
DMX, aka Dark Man X, born Earl Simmons on December 18, 1970, in Maryland, to Arnett Simmons and Joe Barker.
In 1998, he released his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, which was a critical and commercial success.
Then There Was X, which featured his hit single Party Up (Up in Here). DMX starred in his own reality series, DMX: Soul Of A Man.
Simmons had gone to jail several times since gaining fame, including for drug possession, reckless driving, and issues involving child support.
Simmons was convicted of tax fraud in 2017 and served a year in prison from January 2018 to January 2019. A judge ordered him to pay $2.29 million in restitution to the government back then.
DMX has also spoken openly about his struggles with addiction and substance abuse over the years. Simmons had previously disclosed that he suffered from bipolar disorder.