Iconic rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, has passed away. The musician's family announced the news on Friday, April 9, revealing that he died at New York's White Plains Hospital, with loved ones by his side. He was 50 years old at the time of his passing.
"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end," his family said in an official statement. "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," the statement concluded, as the family went on to share that details regarding his memorial service will be provided at a later date.
According to White Plains Hospital, DMX "passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest" days prior. He is survived by his 15 children and fiancée Desiree Lindstrom.
"DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world. His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity," DMX's record label, Def Jam, said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever."