Legendary rapper DMX, who made music about a life of trouble and crime that he also lived, passed away Friday following an April 2 drug overdose that left him in a “vegetative state.” He was 50.
The death of the Westchester County native, born Earl Simmons, was confirmed by his family.
“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 a statement to Page Six.
“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 finalised.”
A father of 15, DMX grew up in Yonkers and long struggled with drug addiction and legal problems.
His career famously began when he catapulted to the top of the charts with his 1998 debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.”
The album featured a bravado telling of gritty urban tales, rendered in DMX’s distinctive gruff delivery, and it accelerated the mainstream popularity of hardcore New York City-based rap.
The debut record went platinum nearly five times over and peaked at No. 1 on the US charts. (PageSix)