DMX, a rapper known as much for his troubles as his music, has died, his family announced in a statement. He was 50. “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,” family’s statement read in part. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the family continued. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”
Who was rapper DMX: His career and achievements
Earl Simmons (December 18, 1970 – April 9, 2021), known by his stage name DMX (“Dark Man X”), was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998, to both critical acclaim and commercial success, selling 251,000 copies within its first week of release. He released his best-selling album, … And Then There Was X, in 1999, which included the hit single “Party Up (Up in Here)”. His 2003 singles “Where the Hood At?” and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” were also commercially successful.
DMX was featured in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour. In 2006, he starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was primarily aired on the BET cable television network. In 2003, he published a book of his memoirs entitled, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.
His professional achievements were often overshadowed by his issues with substance abuse and run-ins with the law. He pleaded guilty to tax fraud in 2017 and was sentenced to one year in prison.
How did rapper DMX die?
The artist had been hospitalized since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York, according to his longtime attorney, Murray Richman. Artists, athletes and other celebrities paid tribute to him on social media Friday.
Celebrities paid tribute to rapper DMX
Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who is currently busy shooting for her next project, took to social media to mourn the loss of Grammy-nominated rapper DMX. He was 50 and he passed away after a massive cardiac arrest.
PeeCee wrote a heartfelt note on Twitter and mentioned that DMX was ‘one of her favourite artists growing up’. She also remembered working with him and went on to call it a ‘dream come true’.
Her tweet read, “He was one of my favourite artists growing up, and then to have had the opportunity to work with him was such a dream come true. Such a big loss for the music industry. #RIP DMX. Sending my thoughts and love to his family.” Have a look:
Ranveer Singh mourns the demise of rapper DMX; shares a post on Instagram
Ranveer Singh took to Instagram to mourn the demise of the Grammy-nominated rapper DMX. Sharing a monochrome picture of DMX, he captioned the post with a heartbroken emoji. The actor also added the song ‘Let Me Fly’ of the rapper as the background. Check out the post here:
Check out some other tributes:
The death of legendary rapper DMX inspired many celebrities to pay their respects on Twitter. After his death was announced on Friday, many luminaries from the worlds of music, sports and entertainment posted tributes to the hip-hop star.
His family statement also read, “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.”
May his soul rest in peace.
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