Influential rapper DMX has finally died after a heart attack, overdose, and prolonged time on life support. He was 50 years old.
Born Earl Simmons, DMX had a long and colorful career that included jail time and rehab. But he was also an important rapper who inspired many others. His death is a tragedy because he was much too young and could have done so much more.
According to Wikipedia, DMX has been featured in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave and Last Hour. In 2006, he starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was primarily aired on the BET cable television network. In 2003, he published a book of his memoirs entitled, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.
Condolences to his family and friends. He had at least 15 children– really– so that estate fight should be spectacular.
DefJam Records writes:
“Def Jam Recordings and the extended Def Jam family of artists, executives and employees are deeply and profoundly saddened by the loss of our brother Earl “DMX” Simmons. 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. 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.”