After a tumultuous week of fighting for his life, DMX has passed away.
On Friday (April 9), the family of Earl “DMX” Simmons issued a statement in which they confirm his death. They did not give any specific details about his passing, however, Simmons was on life support up until his death on Friday morning.
“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,” the family said according to XXL. “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.”
Simmons had suffered a heart attack that was allegedly triggered by a drug overdose on Good Friday (Aug. 2). The Yonkers native was reportedly found unconscious with no oxygen going into his brain for about 30 minutes. X was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, NY where he slipped into a coma. Early reports claimed that he was in a “vegetative state” with little brain function. After doctors ran tests to detect brain activity on Wednesday, the results weren’t good, which put the rapper’s family in a difficult position.
Shortly after his death was announced, numerous rappers, fans and others took to social media to pay homage to the late MC. His Ruff Ryder labelmates Swizz Beatz, Eve, and other artists who were close to X delivered touching words in honor of Dark Man X.
“I’m truly beyond devastated !!!!!!” Swizz wrote in his Instagram post. “But I’m so happy my brother is no longer in pain . I watched him take everyone’s pain and make it his own ?? I send my love and support to his entire family ?? My brother we will never let them forget your name and you will live forever F.A.M.E? Long live King DMX THE GREAT AKAmy brother 4 Life Earl Simmons ?????? Damn Dog.”
“#mydog X I know that you are in the place of peace you deserve,” Eve wrote. “I will be forever grateful to have known you. You were one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of Humour,talent,wisdom honesty and love and most of all loyalty. This world has lost a REAL ONE but the heavens have gained an ANGEL. Sending huge love to all of his family May you Rest ????? #rip #dmx #ruffrydersfamily.”
Rest in Power, DMX. Check out more tributes below.