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Rapper DMX dead at 50 after the week on support: “A warrior who fought to the end”
John Lamparski / GettyThe rapper DMX, who made his mark on hip-hop with the 1990s hits “Party Up”, “X Gon ‘Give it to Ya” and “Get at Me Dog”, died almost a week after a Heart attack from suspected overdose, according to a family testimony to PEOPLE. He was 50 years old. “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, the maiden name of Earl Simmons, has passed away at White Plains Hospital at the age of 50 with his family by his side after receiving life support over the past few years Days, ”the statement said. “Earl was a warrior who fought to the end. He loved his family dearly and we appreciate the time we spent with him. Earl’s music has inspired countless fans around the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we mourn the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. “When DMX was the king of hip hop, it was life sustaining for almost a week. “It doesn’t look good,” lawyer Murray Richman said on Saturday when the rapper’s family gathered in the hospital. He should be in a vegetative state. In a statement, White Plains Hospital expressed condolences to the family and fans of DMX, saying he “passed away peacefully with the family present after suffering catastrophic cardiac arrest”. DMX paved the way for many of today’s most successful rappers who helped bring rap music closer to mainstream audiences in the 1990s. “Everyone knows the basics,” wrote Daily Beast contributor Stereo Williams on the 20th anniversary of DMX’s debut album “It’s Dark” and “Hell Is Hot”. Born into rapper, Earl Simmons growled his way through the dancey flossin anthems to bring hardcore hip hop back to the mainstream. “DMX was born in Yonkers, New York, and sent to a group home by his mother, where he spent his teens on the streets for a reputation as a robbery and battle rapper before being signed to Def Jam has been. His first five albums debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts and he received three Grammy nominations. He was also a prolific actor who appeared in a number of films including the 1998 crime drama Belly, starring hip-hop stars Nas and Method Man. He also starred alongside Steven Seagal in the 2000 film Exit Wings and with Jet Li in the 2003 crime thriller Cradle 2 the Grave. Amid his success, he battled drug abuse and soon made headlines for bad behavior in lieu of music. In 2004, he and another man broke into the parking lot at New York’s Kennedy Airport, claiming to be an FBI agent, and then stole a man’s car. When the police caught up with him, they found crack cocaine, pain relievers and a gun. In 2015 he was sentenced to six months in prison for failing to support some of his 15 children. His youngest child, Exodus, was born in 2016. In 2018 he served a one-year prison sentence for tax evasion. DMX canceled a number of shows in 2019 after checking into a rehab facility. When it was revealed that he was on life support in the hospital that weekend, a galaxy of hip-hop stars – from Missy Elliott to LL Cool J – paid tribute: “I love DMX SO MUCH. I pray hard for the king, ”Sza tweeted. “Pull it off, my dude,” urged Ice T. Read more on The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.