DMX has died, as a representative of his family tells Pitchfork. The rapper was hospitalized on April 2 after suffering an apparent drug overdose and subsequent heart attack at his White Plains, New York home. He was 50 years old. The DMX family made the following statement through the press representative:
We are deeply sad 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 for the past few days . 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. We will share information about his memorial service once the details are clear.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Earl Simmons lived much of his early life in Yonkers, New York. He had a tumultuous childhood, grew up in an abusive household and spent time in boys’ homes and later in youth facilities. While at one of these boys’ homes, he began writing music and eventually joined producer Ready Ron.
DMX’s signature croaky growl – caused in part by a lifelong battle with bronchial asthma – made his songs instantly recognizable. He broke into the broader music industry after The Source featured him in its Unsigned Hype column. The following year, he signed to Columbia’s Ruffhouse-Overprint, though it was dropped after two singles. After several years of promo tracks and guest appearances, he was signed to Def Jam, preparing him for his breakout projects: It’s Dark and Hell is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, both of which arrived in 1998 .
His 1999 album … And Then There Was X was multi-platinum from the success of the singles “Party Up” and “What’s My Name”. In addition to its numerous hits, DMX also became a movie star, starring in Romeo Must Die (alongside Aaliyah), Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and others. His last album Undisputed was released in 2012. In early 2017 he released his latest single “Bain Iz Back”.