Popular US Rapper, Earl Simmons, also known as DMX has died at the age of 50. He died on April 9, 2021, at White Plains hospital with family and friends around him.
DMX was hospitalized on April 2, 2021, after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest following a drug overdose. He has been on life support till his death.
The rap artist had been hospitalized since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York, according to his longtime attorney, Murray Richman.
DMX (Dark Man X) began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot,” in 1998.
After the deaths of rappers, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur DMX emerged on the scene, and he became one of the reigning stars of hardcore hip hop. He was the premier artist signed to the Ruffhouse Records label.
His single, “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” helped to seal his commercial success. The rapper released several albums over the years, including one of his most commercially successful, including “X,” which was released in 1999 and was nominated for a Grammy in the best rap album category. He had 3 other Grammy Nominations.
He sold millions of albums, boosted by hits like “Get At Me Dog” in 1998, “Party Up,” in 1999 and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya,” in 2003.
His professional achievements were often overshadowed by his issues with substance abuse and run-ins with the law. In 2017, He was sentenced to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
More recently, DMX thrilled fans last year when he appeared in a Verzuz battle with fellow artist Snoop Dogg.
Artists, athletes and other celebrities paid tribute to him on social media Friday 9th April 2021.
He is survived by his mum and 15 children.
Story: Ehi Ohiani
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