In breaking news, rapper DMX has died aged 50.
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His family issued the following statement:
“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.” – Earl “DMX” Simmons’ Family
A statement from te hospital read:
“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. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
As we reported, the star was hospitalized Saturday (April 3) after overdosing at his New York home.
Believed to have experienced a heart attack as a result, X (born Earl Simmons) was described by sources as being in a “vegetative state” and laid in critical condition until ultimately reports surfaced he passed away.
Lauded for his gruff Rap delivery and hard-hitting lyrics, the New York-reared rapper – with nearly 25 million records sold in the United States alone – is one of the best-selling emcees of all-time. In addition to dominating Pop charts in the late 90’s and early 2000’s with hits like ‘Party Up in Here,’ ‘Who We Be,’ ‘Ruff Ryder’s Anthem,’ and more, Simmons made history as the first artist to see his first five studio albums debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 (two in the same year).
That Grape Juice salutes the legacy of the fallen emcee and extends our sincere thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.