DMX, real name Earl Simmons, has died aged 50 after being admitted to hospital when he suffered a heart attack last Friday (2 April).

The news was confirmed by a rep and his family, according to Pitchfork.

A statement the musician’s family shared with the publication read: “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.

“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.”


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