DMX, one of the largest hip hop rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s has died at the age of 50, according to a statement released by his family.

The statement said DMX, whose birthname was Earl Simmons, died with his relatives by his side after being on life support for several days.

“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,” the family said, adding that his music “inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

It was reported that DMX first suffered cardiac arrest on April 2 and was rushed to White Plains hospital near his home in New York. In the days that followed, his representatives released that he was in a coma and had been put on life support “in a vegetative state.”

Although it was never confirmed, the media has reported that his heart attack was the result of an overdose. DMX has been public about his struggle with addiction and just months ago, opened up to tell the story of when his addiction first took hold at just 14 years old, on rapper Talib Kweli’s podcast People’s Party. In the early 2010s, he had admitted himself to rehab on numerous occasions and said that he had finally beaten his drug addiction.

Most recently, in 2019, DMX checked himself back into a rehab facility. After his 12-month release from prison, he had planned a 32-date tour to mark the 20th anniversary of “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” his first studio album, however had to cancel several shows in an effort to continue sobriety. His team said he apologized for the canceled shows and thanked his fans for the continued support.

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