DMX, rapper and actor, dies at 50

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“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our beloved DMX, birth name Earl Simmons, has passed away at the age of 50 at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after have been put on life support in recent days. , “Family statement read in part.

The artist had been in hospital since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his New York home, according to his longtime lawyer Murray Richman.

DMX (Dark Man X) started rapping in the early 1990s and released their debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot”, in 1998.

With the deaths of fellow rappers The Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur before he burst onto the scene, DMX became one of the reigning stars of hardcore hip hop and was the first artist signed to the Ruffhouse Records label.

His single, “Ruff Ryders Anthem”, helped seal his critical and commercial success.

The rapper has released several albums over the years, including one of his most commercially successful, “… And Then There Was X,” released in 1999 and nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album. It was one of three Grammy nominations for the rapper.

He has sold millions of albums, boosted by hits like “Get At Me Dog” in 1998, “Party Up” in 1999 and “X Gon ‘Give It to Ya” in 2003.

He turned his growing fame into an acting career, appearing in several films including “Romeo Must Die” and “Cradle 2 The Grave”.

His professional accomplishments have often been overshadowed by his drug addiction issues and conflict with the law. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 2017 and was sentenced to one year in prison.

DMX rapper hospitalized and on life support after heart attack, longtime lawyer saysDMX rapper hospitalized and on life support after heart attack, longtime lawyer says

In 2019, DMX canceled a scheduled concert tour to seek treatment for drug addiction, saying at the time it was “putting family and sobriety first.”

That same year, he spoke to GQ about his struggles.

“I just need to have a goal,” he says. “And I don’t even know this goal, because God gave me this goal since before I was in the womb, so I’m going to accomplish this goal… whether I like it or not, whether I know it or not,” because history has already been written. If you appreciate the good, you have to accept the bad. ”

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