Rap legend “DMX” died on Friday, April 9th. His death came a week after he was hospitalized following a heart attack. He was 50 years old.
DMX, who’s real name is Earl Simmons, was the second-ever rapper to land five number one albums on the Billboard 200. His hit songs include “Ruff Ryders Anthem” and “X Gon Give It To Ya.”
In 2019, DMX performed at the Farmers Market in Oklahoma City.
The rapper was open about his battle with addiction. He also shared his faith in God. The struggle to maintain faith through his “trials and tribulations” is encapsulated in his song “Lord Give Me A Sign.”
DMX was an inspiration to many of his fans and was known to put prayers in his albums. Following news of his hospitalization and death, fans took to social media to share their stories about how his music helped them through dark times.
In a statement published by the website popculture.com, the family of DMX said they wanted him remembered as “a warrior who fought till the very end. “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old.” The family said DMX “passed away at the hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.”
“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,” the statement read. “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.”