Earl Simmons, professionally known as “DMX,” died earlier today after being removed from life support at a White Plains, NY hospital.
The legendary rapper had been forthcoming regarding his long-time battle with substance abuse. He reportedly succumbed to the battle after experiencing cardiac arrest six days ago from an alleged drug overdose.
A representative for the family offered the following statement:
“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.”