Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name DMX, began rapping in the 1980s with Ready Ron. In a previous interview, X blamed his former mentor, Ready Ron, for allowing him to experiment with drugs when he was 14 years old, the day he says his long struggle with drug addiction began.
DMX has died, his family announced in a statement, after being on life support for a week. Last night, reports of his death began to circulate on social media, but his manager quickly clarified that he was still on life support.
Despite this, TMZ announced this morning that he was suffering from numerous organ failures, prompting his family to make the tough decision to remove him from life support.
“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.” – Earl “DMX”
DMX, widely recognised as one of the most commercially popular rappers in history, was rushed to White Plains Hospital in New York last week after suffering an opioid overdose.
His brain was deprived of oxygen for a confirmed half-hour, leaving him in a vegetative state in the hospital. Since then, he’s been on life support as doctors try to find out whether he’s still alive. On Wednesday of this week, the test revealed that there were no brain activities. The rapper’s family was forced to make the tough decision to remove him from life support as a result of the shocking news.
DMX began taking his music career more seriously in the 1990s, signing a deal with Columbia Records’ Ruffhouse label and releasing his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell is H*t, in 1998 and a follow-up album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, the same year, making him only the second rapper after Tupac Shakur to do so.
Tributes have been coming in from all corners of hip hop after word of his death spreads.
Take a look at Hip Pop mourners below,
Rest up DMX 🦅— THE VOICE (@lildurk) April 9, 2021