DMX has died 6 days after suffering a heart attack. He was 50.
The late rapper’s family announced his passing in a statement on Friday (April 9). “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,” 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.”
DMX was hospitalized on Friday (April 2) after suffering a reported drug-induced heart attack at his home in White Plains, New York. He was reportedly deprived of oxygen for nearly half an hour before being taken to a local hospital where he remained on a ventilator and “in a vegetative state, [with] lung and brain failure and no brain activity,” per his former manager, Nakia Walker.
After doctors performed several neurological tests on Wednesday (April 7), it was determined that X had not regained any brain function nearly a week after his hospitalization. Days later, it was also reported that he’d experienced “significant organ failure.”