The American rap artist popularly known as DMX died Friday, April 9. He was 50 years old.

Born Earl Simmons, the rapper passed away at the White Plains Hospital in New York. DMX was already confined at said hospital for a week after suffering a heart attack.  Last April 2, DMX was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home. News that the rapper was in a coma and on life support followed a day after when it was announced by DMX’s lawyer.

The family of the “Party Up” rapper issued a statement Friday that said Simmons died “with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.”

An official, lengthier statement was issued afterwards.

“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 debuted in 1998 with the album “It’s Dark and Hell It’s Hot.” The rapper’s sound and style “Blended aggressive menace with emotional sincerity,” wrote Rolling Stone.

DMX said, “Right, wrong, good or bad, heaven, hell. I think that is the theme of my life. I think you have to know both in order to honestly choose one. So I’m familiar with both sides of the fence.”

That encapsulated his visceral but honest approach to his art and life. The same authenticity has endeared DMX to his listeners and fellow music artists alike.

DMX hits includes “Party Up,” “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” “Where The Hood At,” “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem,” and “Go To Sleep” among others. DMX recently released an EP titled “DMX: The Ruff Rider” that repackaged and updated some of his most biggest hits.    

Source: Manila Bulletin (