American rapper Earl Simmons, popularly known as DMX died on Friday at White Plains Hospital after being on life support for the past few days.
His lawyer Murray Richman told reporters in US that DMX had been taken to hospital following a heart attack.
According to Richman, he didn’t know whether the heart attack was brought on by a drug overdose.
DMX has publicly battled substance abuse for years, and spent several periods in rehab.
Soon after his demise, the family released a statement that read:
“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.”
DMX will be remembered for his iconic rap career that spanned two decades; since the ’90s.
He has released seven albums, earned three Grammy nominations including five number one albums, featuring hip-hop anthems such as “Party Up (Up in Here)”, “What’s My Name” and X Gon’ Give It to Ya.
DMX, aka Dark Man X, was a leading hip-hop performer who collaborated with such artists as JAY-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.
He took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap tracks.
He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.
Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab.
A father of 15, he served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and weapons possession.
Tributes were paid throughout Friday, with a host of stars expressing their admiration for the musician and offering sympathies to his family.
“His gift meant so much to so many,” tweeted actress Halle Berry.
Rappers Ice Cube, Soulja Boy and Chance the Rapper also tweeted their condolences.