DMX, American rapper, known for his gruffy voice and one of the greatest acts in hip hop is dead, at 50.
Born Earl Simmons, he has been on life support for the last five days, following a drug-overdose induced heart attack.
He rose to fame in the late 1990s with hits such as Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give it to Ya, and would go on to be a prominent figure in the East Coast rap scene, and the frontman of Ruff Ryders along with rapper Eve E, Swizz Beatz, MC Jin, and The Lox (Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch). He also collaborated with Ja Rule, Jay Z, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, along other East Coast rappers.
“He was a warrior who fought to the end. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live forever,” said a statement from the family.
He also achieved moderate fame and success as an actor in movies such as Cradle 2 the Grave 2, Exit Wounds and Romeo Must Die.
He will be remembered for his aggressive and sometimes sentimental style of rap, that was distinct, even though comparable to that of his New York contemporary, Ja Rule.
DMX joins a long list of rappers who have died from drug overdose among them Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Pimp C, and DJ Screw.
DMX performing the Ruff Ryders’s Anthem at the Woodstock, New York Festival. One of the greatest festivals, with a crowd of nearly 500,000 people.