DMX, aka Dark Man X, whose real name was Earl Simmons passed away at the age of 50. The hip-hop star had struggled the struggles of the American street and his own health issues. The rapper's longtime lawyer confirmed DMX's death to AFP, with a statement from his family saying the artist, born Earl Simmons, died after nearly a week on life support following a heart attack.
According to his family, DMX died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York. "He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him," their statement continued.
DMX also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds. Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab. A father of 15, he served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and weapons possession.
As soon as the news of her demise surfaced, several condolence messages started to pour.
"RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones," the Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis wrote on Twitter.