Def Jam Recordings, the label DMX was signed to, has released a statement following the tragic news of the rapper’s passing.

“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 statement, which was released on Friday (April 9), read. “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.”

As REVOLT previously reported, the iconic Ruff Ryders emcee was rushed to a medical facility in New York after suffering a heart attack. He was reportedly in “grave condition” and was placed on life support. Multiple brain function tests were conducted on the rapper, but doctors said his brain activity did not improve.

On Friday (April 9), X sadly passed away at the age of 50. His family released a statement to the press confirming the tragic news. “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,” the statement continued. “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.”

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to X’s family and friends. May he rest in peace. Check out Def Jam’s post below.