DMX, the rapper, died one week after suffering a “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to his family.
On Friday, April 2nd, the 50-year-old, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was admitted to intensive care in New York and was placed on life support.
A vigil was held outside the hospital earlier this week by relatives, friends, and fans.
His family said relatives had been by his side. And defined him as “a fighter who fought until the very end” in a statement announcing his death.
“He loved his family with all of his heart, and we treasure the times we spent with him,” they said in tribute. They went on to say that his music “inspired countless fans around the world” and that “his legendary legacy will live on forever.”
Columbia Records signed DMX in 1992, and his first album, It’s Dark, And Hell Is Hot, was released in 1998.
Ruff Ryders’ Anthem, Stop Being Greedy and Get At Me Dog were among the album’s hits, which helped it to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
And Then There Was X; Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood; The Great Depression; and Grand Champ were his next four chart-topping albums in a row.
X Gon’ Give It To Ya, a song he released in 2003, has been used in many sports, films, games, and television shows worldwide.
Throughout his career, DMX released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations, and he collaborated with artists such as Jay-Z, Ja Rule, and L.L. Cool J.
All of those rappers were members of rap crews, with DMX leading the Ruff Ryders, which included Eve, Swizz Beatz, and The Lox.
With their Ryde or Die songs, the band had chart success as well.
DMX Also Collaborated With Late Aaliyah
He collaborated with the late Aaliyah on the soundtrack for the film Romeo Must Die, which he also starred in, in 1998.
Following her passing, he would open her Miss You tribute music video alongside Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, and Lil’ Kim.
DMX, however, was not only recognized for his groundbreaking musical career; his run-ins with the law also influenced him.
He was regularly arrested and jailed over a ten-year period, and he battled drug addiction.
After crashing his SUV through a security gate at New York’s Kennedy Airport while posing as an undercover federal agent, he pleaded guilty in 2004.
After a raid on his home in Phoenix four years later, he was arrested on drug and animal abuse charges. And he tried to barricade himself in his bedroom while a SWAT team stormed his home.
He was sentenced to a year in prison in 2010 for breaching the terms of his probation, during which he was admitted to drug rehab multiple times the next year.
He claimed to have kicked his opioid addiction after several visits to rehab. Still, in 2016, first responders helped resuscitate the rapper in a New York hotel parking lot, with witnesses claiming he swallowed a substance before collapsing.
He was sentenced to another year in prison for tax evasion two years later. Prosecutors alleged him that he devised a multi-year plan to conceal millions of dollars in earnings.
Following his release from jail, DMX planned a 32-city tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot, but the shows were canceled due to his return to rehab.
He did offer to those who were less fortunate, despite his legal troubles.
Dwayne Johnson Also Expressed His Sorrow On The Death of The Rapper
Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name DMX, died recently, and Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson – The Rock expressed his condolences. He was a well-known American rapper, songwriter, and actor who epitomized acting in films.
Dwayne Johnson shared a photo of DMX on Instagram, along with a note of condolences. The post said, “Man I hated seeing the confirmation today on DMX. All week I was hoping he’d pull thru.
Sending love, light, strength and mana to his family.
What a voice, cadence and power.
Rest easy king.
You “gave it to ’em”
#dmx 👑🎤 🕊✊🏾”
Fans Also Paid Their Respect To DMX Following His Death
Following DMX’s death on Friday, fans have paid their respects to him.
Following his death, fans were eager to pay tribute to the 50-year-old rapper.
Outside of the hospital, a temporary memorial wall was created almost immediately after the news of his death broke.
Candles have been lit, flowers and stuffed animals have been left, and notes of condolence, caring, and encouragement for DMX and his family have been written.
Three big gold balloons spelling out DMX were also left at the memorial.
Since the celebrity’s arrival, fans have started to assemble outside the hospital.
However, fans have turned to playing his music and breaking dance to celebrate his life after their prayers for his survival have turned to mourn.
The rapper was surrounded by his family while in a coma this week. His mother Arnett Simmons and his 15 children were also there.
Musicians from around the world took to social media to pay their respects to the star.
T.I., DMX’s fellow rapper, tweeted: “A cultural figure has passed away. There are no words to describe the pain that the hip-hop community is experiencing today #RIPDMX.”
Akon also expressed gratitude to DMX “for the music.”