Rapper DMX Dead at 50 After Suffering ‘Catastrophic’ Heart Attack, Family Confirms

DMX performing in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2019. [Image: Getty images]
New York, US- Grammy-nominated rapper and actor Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, died Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York, according to a statement from his family.

DMX had been on life support for the past few days after suffering a “catastrophic Cardiac arrest” at his home, triggered by an alleged overdose. 

The medics said he had virtually no brain function, and by Thursday, his organs began failing while he remained on life support.

His family confirmed the news in a statement, which was posted to social media. Zonk News also confirmed the update.

“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,” wrote the family.

“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.”

In a separate statement, White Plains Hospital extended 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.”

The rapper had struggled with drug addiction since his teenage years, first becoming addicted to crack cocaine when he was just 14.

DMX’s representative and family have not commented on the actual cause of the heart-failure, however, an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Meanwhile, fans are gathered in front of White Plains hospital to pay their last respect. The fans say what caused the death does not matter anymore because their “mogul is already dead”