Rapper DMX, who was known for his hits Party Up (Up In Here) and Ruff Ryders’ Anthem, has passed away at the age of 50.
The family of DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, released a statement on Friday, confirming his death.
“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 said in part.
The family goes on to say, “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.”
DMX was rushed to White Plains Hospital in New York back on April 2nd after suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to the hospital.
TMZ reported that he was deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes following an overdose, though that was not confirmed by his manager.
DMX was put on life support for several days before his passing.
Funeral service information has not yet been released.