Rapper DMX has died, according to a statement from his family. He was 50.

“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,” his family’s statement said.

The rapper died at White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday, where he had been on life support after suffering a heart attack at his home on April 2.

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” his family said. “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.”

DMX began rapping in the 90s, releasing his first album It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot in 1998. In the late 90s and early 2000s, he released several hit songs including, “Get At Me Dog” in 1998, “Party Up” in 1999 and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” in 2003. His last album, Undisputed, was released in 2012.

DMX also found success in acting, appearing in Romeo Must Die (2000) alongside Aaliyah and Jet Li, and Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), also with Li.

In 2017, DMX pleaded guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to one year in prison. After his release in early 2019 he re-signed with record label Def Jam, planning to release an album. Later that year, he canceled his tour in order to get help with his addiction, saying he was “putting family and sobriety first.”

His last performance was July 2020, where he appeared on Verzuz with Snoop Dogg.

“We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time,” his family said. “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.”

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