Renowned American rapper and actor, DMX has passed away at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack.
The performer, whose real name was Earl Simmons, had been placed on life support and died with his family by his side.
TOS News reported on Tuesday that the American rapper was admitted in White Plains Hospital at White Plains, New York on April 2 after an overdose that triggered a heart attack, and that family members, fans held vigil for DMX at the hospital.
The vigil which had in attendance his fiancée, children, and some fans turned out to be an emotional one as Nurses and workers in the hospital engaged in the prayers for DMX by holding up the ‘X’ sign as they stood at the windows of the hospital.
His family has confirmed his demise, that he died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York and described him as a warrior.
“He was a warrior who fought till the very end.
“Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever,” they family wrote.
DMX, aka Dark Man X, was a leading hip-hop performer who collaborated with such artists as JAY-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.
He took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap tracks.
The chart-topping artist’s songs included Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give It To Ya.
He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.
- Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab.
He had served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and weapons possession.