DMX, American rapper and actor, dies aged 50

DMX, American rapper and actor, dies aged 50
DMX performing in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2019. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: US actor ‍and rapper DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, has died at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack.

The performer had been placed on life support and died with his family by his side.

His family said in a statement that he was “a warrior who fought till the very end.”

They said: “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

DMX, also known as Dark Man X, was a leading hip-hop performer who collaborated with such artists as Ja Rule, JAY-Z and LL Cool J.

DMX took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap tracks.

The chart-topping artist’s songs included X Gon’ Give It To Ya and Party Up (Up in Here).

He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Romeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave and Exit Wounds.

DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab.

A father of 15, he served jail sentences on charges including reckless driving, animal cruelty, drug possession and weapons possession.

According to his family, DMX, who was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

Their statement continued: “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”

“We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time,” the family said.

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