Words: Dylan Murphy
Following a reported drug overdose and subsequent heart attack last Friday, the rapper’s family confirmed his death today.
Hip hop artist DMX has died. A representative for his family confirmed the news to XXL and Pitchfork today after he was hospitalised on April 2 after reportedly suffering a heart attack after a drugs overdose.
In a statement given to Pitchfork his family said:
“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,” a 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.”
Revered for his growling cadence and hits like ‘Ruff Ryders Anthem’, ‘Party Up’ and ‘Where The Hood At’, the New York rapper left an inimitable imprint in music history.