UPDATE (April 9):
Def Jam Recordings, the DMX label that has been signed several times during his career, released a statement on his passing following the news on April 9. The rapper was set to release a new album with the label before his death.
“Def Jam Recordings and the great family of artists, executives and employees of Def Jam are deeply and deeply saddened by the loss of our brother Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons,” the statement read. “DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions of people around the world. His message of triumph over struggle, his search for light out of darkness, his search for truth and grace have brought us closer to our own humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all who loved and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever. “
DMX died at the age of 50.
The influential rapper’s death was announced on Friday April 9 after suffering an overdose that resulted in a heart attack on April 2, XXL confirmed.
The X team shared a statement with XXL this morning: “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our beloved DMX, birth name Earl Simmons, has passed away at 50 in hospital. White Plains with his family by his side after being put on life support in recent days. Earl was a warrior who fought to the end. He loved his family with all his heart and we treasure the times we spent with him. Earl’s music has inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we mourn 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. “
Swizz Beatz, X’s close friend, frequent collaborator and colleague of the Ruff Ryders Entertainment label, opened up about the late rhymer passing away via Instagram this afternoon. Swizz wrote: “I am so devastated !!!!!! But I am so happy that my brother is no longer in pain. I watched him take everyone’s pain and make it his own I send my love and my support his whole family 🙏🏽 My brother we will never let them forget your name and you will live forever FAME🌹 Long live the DMX king THE GREAT AKA my brother 4 Life Earl Simmons 🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊 Damn Dog. “
Eve, First Lady of the Ruff Ryders, also paid tribute to DMX on social media, writing: “#mydog XI know you are in the place of peace you deserve. I will be forever grateful to have known you. You were one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of humor, talent, wisdom, honesty and love and most of all loyalty. This world has lost a REAL but the heavens won an ANGEL. Sending immense love to her whole family. Rest 🙏🏾🕊💔😔 #rip #dmx #ruffrydersfamily. “
Before news of X’s death appeared online, TMZ reported that the rapper underwent brain functionality tests on Wednesday, April 7 to determine if there had been an improvement in his brain activity following his reported overdose. almost a week ago. However, the outlet revealed on Thursday April 8 that there was no change in the brain of DMX.
The first time X was in poor health erupted on April 3, when the suspected overdose was first reported by TMZ. According to their report, the overdose took place at X’s New York home at around 11 p.m. He was then rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York, where he was admitted to intensive care. At the time, sources said the rapper may have been “brain dead” or in a “vegetative state.” Doctors have reportedly said his prognosis was grim.
After initially hearing about DMX’s health issues, many rappers took to social media with prayers and words of support. Rick Ross was the first rapper to send his best wishes to X, then others like Swizz Beatz, Eminem, Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes followed. A silver lining came when X’s attorney, Murray Richman, told PIX11 News from New York that X had been removed from breathing support and was breathing alone on the afternoon of April 3. However, Murray later admitted that he had received false information about the MC’s improved health condition.
Following the announcement of the DMX family arriving by his side, a representative for artist Def Jam issued a statement. “Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons was rushed to hospital last night after collapsing at home. At that time, he remains in intensive care in critical condition,” the statement said. Earl has been a warrior all of his life. This situation represents another path he must conquer. The Simmons family appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of sincere love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl. Earl is someone. ‘one whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many around the world. It is reassuring to see his fans give him back that same passion and energy during his difficult times. “
Unfortunately, X couldn’t get out of it. He is survived by 15 children.
DMX, born Earl Simmons, had a high-profile battle with drug addiction throughout his career, which he spoke about and rapped openly. Considered one of the most influential rappers of the late 1990s and 2000s, DMX breathed new life into the rap game with the release of their debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, in 1998, led by hit singles. as “Get at Me Dog,“ Ruff Ryders’ Anthem ”and“ Stop Being Greedy. ”He continued that same year with his second effort, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, and became the first artist to release two Platinum albums in a year. He would go on to release eight solo studio records in total, as well as immerse himself in acting with major roles in films like Belly, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.
Throughout his career, X has struggled to balance fame and stay on track. He had been arrested several times over the past two decades and had served one year in prison for tax evasion, for which he was released in 2019. In September 2019, he signed a new recording contract with Def Jam, reuniting with its first major label house. A month later, he entered a drug rehab center. In August 2020, he announced that he was working on his first album since 2015 Redemption of the Beast with his frequent collaborator Swizz Beatz.
Always known for his gruff style, strong spirituality and quirky personality, DMX will be truly missed.
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