Rapper and Actor DMX Passes Away at 50

Rapper and actor DMX passes away at 50
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New York rapper and actor DMX, real name Earl Simmons, has passed away following a heart attack at the age of 50.

On April 2, Simmons was rushed to a medical facility in White Plains, New York after what was reportedly a drug overdose. Revolt reported he was brought into the critical care unit and was in “grave condition” after experiencing a heart attack caused by the overdose.

The rapper’s family released this statement to the press:

“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.”

DMX was known for his raspy growl and aggressive style on the mic. After years working the New York hip-hop underground, he got his break into the mainstream when The Source magazine featured him in their Unsigned Hype column.

After a short stint at Ruffhouse Records under Columbia, he signed to Def Jam where he released his 1999 album …And Then There Was X. That album would go on to sell millions of copies, making DMX a multi-platinum selling megastar. As his profile rose, DMX became an action movie star in films like Romeo Must Die (starring Jet Li), Cradle 2 the Grave.