The famous New York rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, has died after suffering a “catastrophic cardiac arrest”, his family has said.
Earlier this week, family, friends and fans had held a vigil outside the hospital.
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In a statement announcing his death, his family said relatives had been by his side and described him as “a warrior who fought till the very 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,” said a statement released by his family.
Paying tribute, they said: “He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him.” His music, they added, “inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever”.
DMX was signed by Columbia Records in 1992 and released his first album, It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot, in 1998. He has released seven albums and received three Grammy nominations throughout his career, and collaborated with artists including Jay-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.