Rapper DMX Dead at 50, confirmed after many rumors
Famous rapper DMX has died at the age of 50 after suffering a heart attack. Born Earl Simmons, the rapper died at White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday. Initially, there were many rumors on the internet, initially saying DMX had died and later saying he was simply hospitalized. However, the family later confirmed the rapper’s demise in a statement.
Rapper DMX dead after a heart attack
DMX’s family said in their official statement, confirming the rapper’s death:
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.
Furthermore, the hospital that provided care to rapper DMX in his final moments also added an additional note, saying:
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.
DMX was hospitalized on April 2nd after suffering a severe heart attack and was in grave condition. After being admitted, his condition was so severe that he had to be resuscitated and put on life support. At one point, he was without oxygen for almost 30 minutes. However, his lawyer did not know the reason for the heart attack. On Monday, fans also held a prayer vigil outside of his hospital where he was on life support.
History of drug addiction
DMX rose to fame in the 90s. However, the rapper had a problem of substance abuse after an adult introduced him to the world of drugs. While talking to Talib Kweli, the rapper admitted that he looked up to this person, but he broke his trust, saying:
I loved this guy like an older brother, I didn’t have any brothers. I would beat box and he would rap, then he suggested one time, ‘Why don’t you write a couple rhymes and I’ll beat box for you?’ …. That’s where my first rhyme came to me. But this guy … He introduced me to what would be the best part of my life, which would be the rap, but he also [introduced me to drugs]. The thing with my life, it’s blessed with a curse and the curse aspect of it was —
Like I said, I didn’t smoke cigarettes, I didn’t smoke weed. I didn’t do anything, I was 14 years old, I never felt like this before. I later found out that he laced the [cannabis] with crack. Why would you do that to a child? He was like 30 and he knew how I looked up to him. … Why would you do that to somebody who looks up to you?DMX in an interview
Afterward, DMX had to undergo numerous rehabilitation periods, as this experience changed his life for the worse. The rapper continued:
A monster was born. I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy, especially to someone that you supposedly love … I put that in a song called ‘Pain’ … He acted like he loved me.
Rumors before the confirmation of his death
Before the confirmation of DMX’s death, however, there were a series of rumors floating around the internet. Unconfirmed news spread around the internet early on April 9th that the rapper had passed away, with numerous accounts, some even verified, posting their tributes on Twitter:
However, later on it was confirmed by DMX’s manager in a video message that the rapper is indeed alive, but still on life support. He insisted everyone to take down their “RIP DMX” tweets out of respect for the family:
This gave the fans some renewed hope
However, all that hope soon faded away as the rapper’s family confirmed that DMX died. Afterward, a series of heartfelt tributes for the rapper flooded Twitter:
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