US rapper, DMX dies days after suffering heart attack


American rapper, Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, has died a week after suffering heart attack following drug overdose.

The iconic rapper’s death was announced in a statement by his family on Friday. He was 50.

According to the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he was admitted, DMX died from a “catastrophic cardiac arrest.”

“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,” the statement read.

“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 finalized.”

The rapper was hospitalised last Friday after he had suffered a drug overdose and heart attack.

He had also remained in a coma and underwent multiple brain function tests with negative results after his admission.

Rumors had swirled late Thursday that the rapper had died, but his manager later came out to say the stories are false.

There were also reports that his family was considering taking him off life support.

DMX has spoken openly about his crack cocaine addiction which began at age 14 after he smoked a marijuana cigarette laced with the drug.

The rapper, who has severally undergone rehab, also claimed he was battling bipolar disorder.

Born in New York in 1970, DMX helped build the Ruff Ryders label into a powerhouse during the late 1990s.

The rap icon is known for producing a plethora of hit songs including ‘Ruff Ryders’ Anthem’ and ‘Party Up (Up in Here)’.

He was also known to rap with a trademark delivery that was often paired with growls, barks, and “What!” as an ad-lib.

DMX is survived by 15 children which he shared with nine different women.

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