The hip hop world is in mourning after multiple outlets confirmed that DMX tragically passed away on Friday afternoon (April 9). The 50-year-old rap icon had been in a coma and on life support for one week after suffering a heart attack.
“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,” a statement from his family 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,” they continued. “We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”
New York’s White Plains Hospital, where DMX received treatment, also added: “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.”
On social media, fans, friends and past collaborators reacted to the news.
“If you listen to my music and know me, you know how I feel about DMX,” CJ Fly tweeted. “I’m so heartbroken.”
“Rest in Heaven DMX,” Chance the Rapper added.
“I had the honor of [Hype Williams] inviting me to chill on the set of ‘BELLY’ for the scene at Justin’s and in The Tunnel. You were the hungriest ni**a in New York at the time and destined for stardom,” Consequence reminisced. “Rest in Heaven DMX.”
On Instagram, Swizz Beatz posted a series of tributes and wrote, “DMX 4 LIFE. You changed my life King!”
We at REVOLT send our deepest condolences to X’s family, friends and fans at this time. Rest In Peace to a legend. See fans’ and friends’ tributes below.
Rest in Heaven DMX— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX ❤️— ? (@IDK) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX— Soulja Boy (Drako) (@souljaboy) April 9, 2021
R.I.P. DMX— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) April 9, 2021
if you listen to my music and know me, you know how I feel about DMX, Im so heartbroken #RIPDMX— CJ Fly (@CJFLY_) April 9, 2021
RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/WC5LsaL9j8— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 9, 2021
I hadn't posted anything because I was hoping you'd pull thru— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) April 9, 2021
I had the honor of @hypewilliams inviting me to chill on the set of "BELLY" for the scene at Justin's and in The Tunnel. You were the hungriest nigga in New York at the time and destined for stardom
Rest In Peace DMX pic.twitter.com/WIjFbCQEo5
Statement by DMX family. RIP, he will be truly missed. pic.twitter.com/ktQor5tDGV— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) April 9, 2021
DMX. His gift meant so much to so many. Sending love to his family.— Halle Berry (@halleberry) April 9, 2021
Rest In Peace DMX. Your music was important for a kid like me growing up in NY. Thank you for everything— Dot Da Genius (@DotDaGenius) April 9, 2021
December 18th 1970-April 9th 2021— The Breakfast Club (@breakfastclubam) April 9, 2021
One of the best to ever do it, a true legend. Your contributions to the game will never be forgotten. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ViHDMbfv0f
RIP DMX! his Impact on this generation is profound— John Redcorn (@DaSportsSavant) April 9, 2021
R.I.P. DMX! He’s reunited with Aaliyah. pic.twitter.com/35HAAf4gON— Beyonshay (@ShayElliott3) April 9, 2021
I’m so sad for DMX. He fought demons his entire life, even until the end. I hope he has found eternal peace and our other greats were there to greet him at the gates. ❤️ ✨— (@TheFineFeminine) April 9, 2021
rest in peace and rest in power, DMX.— love yourself. (@MichellCClark) April 9, 2021
there will truly never be another.
your impact will live on.