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Rapper DMX Has Died Aged 50 After Suffering Heart Attack

Rapper DMX Has Died Aged 50 After Suffering Heart Attack

He died in hospital in New York

Amelia Ward

Amelia Ward

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, has died aged 50 after being admitted to hospital when he suffered a heart attack last Friday (2 April).

A representation for his family confirmed the sad news to Pitchfork.

A statement read: "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."

DMX'S ex-wife, Tashera Simmons, left, and his fiancé Desiree Lindstrom embrace during a prayer vigil.

In an update on 4 April, DMX's lawyer Murray Richman said: "I received a call this morning that Earl Simmons was in the hospital, at the White Plains Hospital, and that he had had a heart attack, and I'm not sure how it was induced and that he's on life support.

"I've spoken to the family and the family and I are quite close with each other.

"I am concerned about his well-being and mindful of his significance.

"I have known Earl for over 25 years and I believe that his music is quite poignant, very important. He's truly a poet of our time."

Speaking to NBC, Richman said: "Earl is a sweet guy. Earl was a person who could tell such a story. He was a person with such depth.

"It's a heartbreaker."

Well wishes flooded in for the rapper from across the entertainment industry when the news broke he had been hospitalised, with fellow rapper Missy Elliot posting on social media: "Prayers for DMX and his family" and actor Viola Davis sharing: "Praying for DMX."

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