DMX dead at 50: Family hails iconic rapper as ‘a warrior who fought till the very end’

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Rap legend DMX has passed away at the age of 50. The ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’ rapper earlier suffered a reportedly drug-induced heart attack, and was in a “vegetative state” for several days.
Born Earl Simmons, the 50-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper suffered a heart attack last week, reportedly related to a drug overdose, and has been in critical condition since. One of his managers, Nakia Walker, told the New York Times last Sunday that he was in a “vegetative state.”

Simmons passed away shortly before Friday morning, his team said in a statement.

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the statement read. “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

Rising to fame in the early 2000s, in DMX’s gravelly voice and aggressive lyrics made tracks like ‘Party Up’ and ‘Where the Hood At?’ instantly recognizable. Nominated for multiple Grammy awards and winning two American Music Awards, Simmons branched beyond music, appearing in multiple movies, among them ‘Cradle 2 the Grave,’ in which he starred alongside martial arts legend Jet Li.

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