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DMX, iconic US rapper, dies at 50

...as celebrities, fans pay tribute to DMX

Earl Simmons, the iconic US rapper better known as DMX, has passed away at the age of 50.
The Grammy-nominated rapper’s death was announced in a statement by his family on Friday.
According to the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he was admitted, DMX died from a “catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-year-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” the statement read.
“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.”
The rapper was hospitalised last Friday after he had suffered a drug overdose and heart attack.
He had also remained in a coma and underwent multiple brain function tests with negative results after his admission.
DMX had in the past spoken openly about his crack cocaine addiction which began at age 14 after he smoked a marijuana cigarette laced with the drug.
The rapper, who has severally undergone rehab, also claimed he was battling bipolar disorder.
Born in New York in 1970, DMX helped build the Ruff Ryders label into a powerhouse during the late 1990s.
The Yonkers-bred MC thereafter became popular with ‘It’s Dark and Hell is Hot’, his 1998 debut album, which sold more than 5 million copies.
The rap icon was known for producing a plethora of hit tracks including ‘Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,’ ‘Party Up (Up in Here),’ ‘We Right Here,’ ‘Who We Be,’ ‘X Gon’ Give It to Ya’ and ‘Where’s the Hood At?’
He was also known to rap with a trademark delivery that was often paired with growls, barks, and “What!” as an ad-lib.
Earl Simmons, rap legend better known as DMX, has passed on after suffering a heart attack from an apparent drug overdose.
The 50-year-old breathed his last on Friday at White Plains Hospital in New York after spending about a week in the medical facility on life support.
The Yonkers-bred MC died after suffering from a “catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
Celebrities and fans have taken to social media platforms to pay their last respect to the deceased rapper as words of his death spread.
“Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT!. This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & your SPIRIT,” Missy Elliot wrote.
“RIP DMX. Thank you for being the soundtrack of my childhood,” Burna Boy wrote.
RIP DMX. Thank you for being the soundtrack of my childhood. —Burna Boy (@burnaboy) April 9, 2021
Rest in Heaven DMX —Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 9, 2021
DMX. His gift meant so much to so many. Sending love to his family. —Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones.—Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 9, 2021
Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT! This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & your SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING —Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) 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.—Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss)—Vince Staples (@vincestaples) April 9, 2021.

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