Rapper and actor, DMX died in hospital, a week after suffering a heart attack. His family confirmed the news in a statement, saying he fought till the end.
“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.
The rapper lived up to the adage, ‘write what you know,’ as most of his songs were about his life experiences, drug addiction, mental health, and faith.
“We each have a star, all we have to do is find it. Once you do, everyone who sees it will be blinded (what?).” – Lyrics from DMX’s song Fame –
Like most U.S rappers, DMX whose birth name is Earl Simmons grew up in New York, enduring the hardships and life of the streets.
His life turned around for the better in 1990, when he began rapping under his stage name DMX or Dark Man X.
He brought the world many hip-hop hits, including Party Up (Up In Here), Ruff Ryders’ Anthem, Get Me a Dog, and more.
Messages of condolences from celebrities and fans from around the world are flooding social media.
RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones. 🙏🏿💛 pic.twitter.com/WC5LsaL9j8
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX. No one radiated more agony, pain, and atomic energy. The Cerberus from Yonkers, who suffered for all of our sins and his own. Maybe the rawest rapper of all-time, no pretense or frills, just pure adrenaline, lawless genius, and reckless abandon. The struggle incarnate. pic.twitter.com/P80t1GQHEa
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX. I would say just about everyone in my age range grew up knowing his hits & while admittedly I never dove deep into his catalogue you absolutely cannot deny the massive impact he had on music. Charisma, songwriting and lyricism. A true icon who will be remembered forever.
— Andy Biersack (@andyblack) April 9, 2021
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