Grammy-nominated rapper DMX dead at age 50

DMX performs at the Hard Knock Life Tour at the Continental Airlines Arena. (Photo: Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
DMX performs at the Hard Knock Life Tour at the Continental Airlines Arena. (Photo: Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

DMX has died after suffering a heart attack at his home on April 2 that left him in a coma for seven days. The multiplatinum-selling rapper and actor was 50 years old.

“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,” read a statement from the rapper’s 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.”