Legendary rapper DMX has died aged 50 after being hospitalised last week following an alleged drug overdose and heart attack.
The news comes after DMX's manager Steve Rifkind revealed he was still on life support yesterday (8 April) after the rapper suffered a heart attack last week.
The family representative told Pitchfork: "We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few 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. 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. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalised."
DMX's death confirmation comes just hours after a new track titled "X Moves" featuring Bootsy Collins, Steve Howe and Ian Paice appeared online.
Rappers and musicians around the world have already been paying tribute to the legendary rapper online.
Rest in Heaven DMX— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX ! one of my biggest inspirations... thank you for everything— aj (@ajtracey) April 9, 2021
rest easy dmx— (@noname) April 9, 2021
Rest In Paradise Dmx - your music will live forever— Kojey (@KojeyRadical) April 9, 2021
too young, too early. leaving endless trails of inspiration behind him. rest easy legend— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 9, 2021
Listening to slippin is gonna hit different now sleep well X— Rapthology (@Wretch32) April 9, 2021
Rest easy X, one of the best to ever do it...— Akala (@akalamusic) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX. Thank you for being the soundtrack of my childhood.— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) April 9, 2021
God bless the dead. God protect the living. https://t.co/fe7S9UUwIf— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) April 9, 2021