DMX, the raspy-voiced hip-hop artist who produced the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” and who rapped with a trademark delivery that was often paired with growls, barks and “What!” as an ad-lib, has died, according to a statement his family released Friday. He was 50 years old.
The Grammy-nominated performer, whose real name is Earl Simmons, had been on life support at a hospital in White Plains, New York, since suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest” on April 2. His longtime lawyer, Murray Richman, has said a cause remains under investigation. The rapper’s family was by his side when he died.
“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,” his family said in a statement Friday. “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 family said they would share information on memorial services for him once the details are finalized.