DMX, a rapper known as much for his troubles as his music, has died, his family announced in a statement. 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,” family’s statement read in part.
The artist had been hospitalized since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York, according to his longtime attorney, Murray Richman.
The 50-year-old was admitted to the hospital on April 2 following a heart attack.
The crowd outside White Plains Hospital called “DMX! DMX!” and when urged to by the main speaker, crossed their arms in the shape of an X. A woman’s sobs reverberated as those in the audience heard a recording of the rapper, whose birth name is Earl Simmons.
Mr. Simmons’ longtime lawyer, Murray Richman, said on Sunday that the rapper was admitted to the intensive care unit but he was not sure what caused the heart attack. DMX made his rap debut in 1998 and has released seven albums in a career that has included three Grammy nominations. He also has acted in several movies.
Over the years Earl started preaching the gospel with his first sermon that he preached online via Youtube A few months after his release Rapper Earl “DMX” Simmons delivered a powerful prayer about God’s favor during Kanye West’s growing and exclusive “Sunday Service” event over the weekend, declaring his love for Jesus and how God is now opening doors for him that were once closed. DMX’s prayer below