DMX's family has released a new statement, saying on Friday that the 50-year-old artist has passed away.
"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," the statement read.
A rep for White Plains Hospital in New York also shared a statement in which the medical staff extended their "deepest condolences" to DMX’s family and fans: "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."
The sustaining impact of DMX’s artistry is impossible to overstate. In 2003, X—thanks to the opening week success of Grand Champ—became the then-only artist in the history of the Billboard 200 chart to hit No. 1 with his first five albums.
In an equally amazing feat, DMX’s first two albums —I t’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood — were released within the same year via Def Jam/Ruff Ryders and were both certified multi-platinum while also garnering widespread critical acclaim and fortifying a legion of fans who passionately followed him through every facet of his career.
"Def Jam Recordings and the extended Def Jam family of artists, executives and employees are deeply and profoundly saddened by the loss of our brother Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons," Def Jam Recordings said in a statement on Friday. "DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world. 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. 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. His legend will live on forever."