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DMX, the rap icon, has died aged 50

It has been confirmed that DMX, the iconic and legendary rapper, has died at the age of 50.

DMX was admitted to the intensive care unit in White Plains Hospital in New York after suffering a cardiac arrest on April 2nd. Now, however, he has sadly passed away.

DMX’s family has issued a statement to the press confirming the news.

“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 statement reads.

“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 finalised.”

DMX, like many of the iconic figures of hip-hop music, began rapping in the early 1990s before establishing himself as a leading figure of the growing genre when he released his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, in 1998. The record propelled DMX to critical and commercial acclaim, selling no fewer than 251,000 copies within its first week of release and etching his name into the annals of history in the process.

From that moment on, DMX didn’t look back, forging a new path for hip-hop alongside his contemporaries. In total, the rapper released eight studio albums, the most recent coming in the shape of 2015 effort Redemption of the Beast.

“You don’t come to terms with something before you do it,” he once said. It’s only after you’ve done it that you realise, you know, maybe that wasn’t the best thing to do. Sometimes you gotta fall down to know the feeling to get up,” he added, in what is a clear indication of the life DMX lived. While he surged to the top of the music industry, he also battled with personal issues.

“Drugs were a symptom of a bigger problem,” he said in a 2020 interview. “There were things that I went through in my childhood where I just blocked it out—but there’s only so much you can block out before you run out of space,” he added.

“I really didn’t have anybody to talk to about it. So often talking about your problems is viewed as a sign of weakness. When it’s actually one of the bravest things you can do.”

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