The family of rapper DMX released a statement, via a press representative, confirming that the Hip Hop icon died on April 9 at age 50. He was receiving treatment at White Plains Hospital, in New York, since April 2 after suffering an apparent drug overdose and subsequent heart attack.
The family of the entertainer, who was born Earl Simmons in Baltimore and was known for his raspy growl; lyrics; explosive performance style; and penchant for motorcycles and pit bulls, confirmed his death with a statement that was received by Pitchfork:
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. 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. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.
Late last night, April 8, DMX’s manager Steve Rifkind took to his Instagram to dispel trending rumors that he had died. Rifkind wrote that DMX was on life support and said in the post, “Everybody, please stop with posting these rumors. DMX is still alive. Yes, he is on life support, but please, it’s not helping anybody by having them see these false rumors. Let the family relax for a night.” He also added that X’s family would release a statement on April 9, reports Pitchfork.
Yesterday, TMZ reported that neurological testing hadn’t detected an improvement in the Ruff Ryder’s brain function.
Information on a memorial for DMX hasn’t been released yet.