DMX’s family released a statement announcing his death.
“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,” they said.
DMX – which stands for Dark Man X – became the premier artist signed to the Ruffhouse Records label and shot to stardom with his “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem” in 1998.
DMX, NY hip-hop icon, dead at 50
The rapper sold millions of albums and became one of the most iconic stars of hardcore hip hop.
Early reports of his heart attack claimed he had suffered an overdose. His team and family have not confirmed those reports.
Over the years, DMX spoke openly of his drug use. In 2019 DMX said he planned to attend rehab, cancelling planned shows tour to do so. He said he needed to take the time to find a purpose and focus on his family.
“I just need to have a purpose. And I don’t even know that purpose, because God has given me that purpose since before I was in the womb, so I’m going to fulfill that purpose,” he told GQ that year. “Whether I want to or not, whether I know it or not, because the story has already been written. If you appreciate the good, then you have to accept the bad.”
The Breakfast Club pays tribute to DMX
New York City DJ crew The Breakfast Club paid tribute to DMX on Twitter, writing, “We will always cherish the time we got to spend with DMX at the station. His music will live on forever, RIP.”
Rachel Brodsky10 April 2021 01:25
DMX’s 10 greatest songs
From “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” to “X Gon’ Give it to Ya”, we’ve listed 10 of the New York hip-hop legend’s most seminal tracks.
Rachel Brodsky10 April 2021 00:29
Aaliyah’s mother shares a tribute to DMX
Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton has shared a tribute to DMX.
“Earl, you had and still have a heart of gold,” Diane wrote on Aaliyah’s official Instagram page. “You and Baby Girl will meet again with all the beautiful people we have lost. Will never forget your kindness. NEVER! Blessing to your family! Eternally! – Aaliyah’s Mom.”
Aaliyah, the Grammy-nominated R&B/pop singer who died in 2001 in a plane crash at the age of 22, famously co-starred in in the 2000 film Romeo Must Die with DMX. The pair also collaborated on a single for the movie’s soundtrack.
Rachel Brodsky9 April 2021 23:20
‘Such a big loss’
Priyanka Chopra has also shared a tribute do DMX.
She was featured with him on the 2015 song “Meltdown” by N.A.S.A.
“He was one of my favourite artists growing up, and then to have had the opportunity to work with him was such a dream come true,” Chopra wrote about DMX. “Such a big loss for the music industry. #RIP DMX. Sending my thoughts and love to his family.”
Clemence Michallon9 April 2021 22:31
‘One of the best to ever do it’
Pharrell Williams has paid tribute to DMX, writing in an Instagram post: “The space you saw in a beat, the pain you would squeeze out of the moment, and the words that would come of it makes you one of the best to ever do it.
“The Master sent for his legend to shine with the rest of the stars now.”
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay praised DMX’s acting performance in the 1998 film Belly, in which he starred alongside Nas.
“One of my favourite performances in one of my favourite films was given by DMX. If you haven’t seen Belly in a while or at all, gift yourself with his talent in that film this weekend,” she wrote.
You can view both tributes below:
Clemence Michallon9 April 2021 22:13
‘Nothing less than a giant’
DMX’s record label, Def Jam Recordings, shared a statement honouring the artist after the news of his death broke.
“His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity,” the label wrote.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant.”
Clemence Michallon9 April 2021 21:48
A brand-new song by DMX was released on Friday, the day of his death.
Titled “X Moves”, the track features guest spots from Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins, Yes guitarist Steve Howe, and Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice.
Rachel Brodsky9 April 2021 21:22
White Plains Hospital, where DMX was placed on life support days before his death, has also shared a statement honouring the artist.
“White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time,” ” the facility told People, referring to DMX using his real name.
“Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
Clemence Michallon9 April 2021 21:19
The Weeknd joins tributes
The Weeknd has joined the many artists around the world paying tribute to the late rapper.
Posting on his Instagram page, the singer shared a picture of DMX along with a broken heart emoji.
The picture was taken in Yonkers, New York, in 1997 by Jonathan Mannion.
Lucy Gray9 April 2021 20:39