Earl Simmons, most known by his Stage Name, DMX, has died at the age of 50. This follows an apparent overdose that caused cardiac arrest and the rapper being put on life support. DMX leaves behind 15 children.
DMX saw major success as a rapper, his first five albums hitting the top spot on the billboard charts.
The rapper died at White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday, his family confirms to PEOPLE.
“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. 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.”