New York native rapper named Earl Simmons, well known as DMX, has passed away at 50 years old, on Friday, 4/9/2021, in White Plains Hospital, NY. He had been hospitalized for a week on life support.
As a NY native also, who had lived some years in the same county, and as a fan: sad sighs were shared of another Legend being gone. Other fans, as well as athletes, music artists, and celebs paid homage to him on social media. The love was showered through fans paying tribute for days by White Plains Hospital, placing flowers and balloons nearby.
In a tragic string of events, sources close to DMX had said he suffered an overdose the past Friday, (a week prior), that followed by a heart attack, and he was hospitalized in grave condition at White Plains. Sadly, there were mixed reports between sources saying he is in a “vegetative state” and, as per TMZ, reporting there is “some brain activity”. There were hopes for his recovery.
DMX was known first for his beginning as a “Ruff Ryder,” and having had famous roles in both the music and TV/film entertainment worlds. In the 1990s, he became popular with his debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot”, which reached the top of the Billboard charts for the U.S. in 1998, and sold over five million copies. He had many other hits such as “Party Up (Up In Here)”, “X gon’ give it to ya”, and more. While soaring with hits in his rapper career, he had been casted in films, including crime drama movie, Belly, in 1998, Romeo must Die, an action flick in 2000, and Cradle 2 the Grave, a heist film released in 2003. One could go on and on about his hits, and also his documentary, which had recently been showcased by the Tribeca Film Festival.
But DMX had lived a hard life, “fighting demons,” having had health issues, as he had shared his struggles battling substance abuse. He had been in and out of rehab, had been arrested previously, had filed bankruptcy back in 2013, and completed a year in prison in 2019, after he completed a prison sentence for tax fraud.
DMX was building his way back to being on the map, as he had announced in a recent appearance on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN’s “Drink Champs” podcast, that an amazing collaboration was set for his upcoming album. He reported that he would do a track called “Skyscrapers” that would feature Bono, U2 legendary singer, and other stars. He was headlined last in the popular Verzuz battle, facing Snoop Dogg, back in July of 2020.
DMX was the father of a number of children, sharing four with his ex-wife, Tashera Simmons.
DMX was openly a Christian and said he was “getting closer to God”. Prayers that be so…May he rest in peace (RIP).