Rapper DMX died on Friday, aged 50, his family said in a 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,” the family wrote in a statement.
“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,” the statement continued.
“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.”
Hip-hop star, Eve, also extended her condolences to the musician.
The New York native was admitted to the hospital last week, following a heart attack.
DMX, who grew up in Yonkers, made his rap debut in 1998, and has released seven albums in a career that has included three Grammy nominations. He also acted in several movies.
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