The music world is mourning hip-hop icon DMX.

On Friday, the rapper, born Earl Simmons, passed away at age 50 after suffering a heart attack due to a suspected drug overdose.

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“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,” DMX’s family said in a statement to ET Canada.

“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.”

In a separate statement, the hospital where DMX was under care said, “White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”

DMX was rushed to hospital in critical condition after experiencing a heart attack on the evening of April 2.

On April 4, the rapper’s manager stated that he was in a “vegetative state” with “no current brain activity.” In the days following, he underwent tests to determine brain functionality so that his family could find the best course of action.

Raised in Yonkers, New York, DMX became a mainstream success in the late ’90s with the release of his album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot after featuring on hits like LL Cool J’s “4, 3, 2, 1” and Mase’s “24 Hrs. to Live”.

Singles like “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy” catapulted DMX to the top of the rap game, followed by his iconic single with a young Swizz Beatz, “Ruff Ryders Anthem”. He went on to have five No. 1 Billboard 200 albums.

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Along with his music career, DMX also took on acting, appearing in films like “Romeo Must Die”, “Exit Wounds” and “Cradle 2 the Grave”.

When it came to his personal life, the rapper was open about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother as a child, and his crack cocaine addiction dating back to when he was just 14 years old.

DMX also struggled in his adult life, being charged with tax fraud in 2017 and spending a year in prison. He dealt with substance abuse and checked into rehab multiple times, as recently as 2019.

On Twitter, celebrities and fans alike mourned the loss, remembering DMX’s career and resilience throughout the decades.