Iconic rapper DMX dead at 50

Legendary rapper was hospitalized after suffering an apparent drug overdose and heart attack earlier this month

Earl Simmons, best known as DMX, has died at the age of 50, the rapper’s family confirmed via a statement Friday.

DMX was hospitalized on April 2, following a “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to the hospital in White Plains, New York.

“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,” the statement from his family reads.

“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’s gravelly delivery was unmistakable. The rapper released five studio albums, beginning with a pair of records (It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood) in 1998.

The rapper’s third full-length studio album, … And Then There Was X, earned 5x Platinum status with sales figures approaching 5-million units in the United States.