DMX, the iconic rapper, has died. He was 50.
The rapper’s family confirmed his death in a statementon 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,” the statement reads. “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.”
“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,” the statement continues. “Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
The news of his death comes after he was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack, according to multiple reports. DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York, on April 2 and was in the critical care unit.
A vigil was held Monday for the rapper, as he fought for his life. That day, ET spoke with Craig Brodhead, a member of DMX’s management team and a friend of more than 30 years who was one of the estimated 500 people who gathered together for the vigil.
“He is in critical condition in the ICU unit… and we’re all just praying for him,” Brodhead said. “I am extremely hopeful that he is going to pull through this. He wanted to give back and use his life as an example for others and his testimony to heal others and help others.”
Rest Well DMX