“We are deeply sad to announce today that our loved one, DMX, the maiden name of Earl Simmons, has passed away at White Plains Hospital at the age of 50 with his family by his side after receiving life support for the past few days was partially read, “family declaration.
“Earl was a warrior who fought to the end,” the family continued. “He loved his family dearly and we appreciate the time we spent with him.”
Artists, athletes and other celebrities paid tribute to him on social media on Friday.
“My childhood and love for music would not have been the same without this man,” tweeted actor Chriss Redd. “DMX was easily my favorite artist growing up. I had every album, every ruffy Ryder song, followed every artist he supported. Man … RIP the dog. There will never be another like him.”
DMX (Dark Man X) started rapping in the early 90s and released his debut album “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” in 1998.
With fellow rappers The Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur passed away before taking the stage, DMX became one of the reigning stars of hardcore hip-hop and the leading artist signed to Ruffhouse Records.
His single “Ruff Ryders Anthem” helped seal his critical and commercial success.
The rapper has released several albums over the years, including one of his most commercially successful, “… And Then There Was X,” which was released in 1999 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Albums. It was one of three Grammy nominations for the rapper.
He sold millions of albums, boosted by hits like “Get At Me Dog” in 1998, “Party Up” in 1999, and “X Gon ‘Give It to Ya” in 2003.
He brought his growing fame to an acting career and appeared in several films including “Romeo Must Die” and “Cradle 2 The Grave”.
In the same year he spoke to GQ about his struggles.
More recently, DMX wowed fans last year when he appeared in a Verzuz fight with fellow artist Snoop Dogg.