HOLLYWOOD—On Friday, April 9, Earl Simmons, known as the rapper DMX died at the age of 50 after suffering from cardiac arrest. He passed away at White Plains hospital in New York. Simmons’ family released a statement that 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.” 

DMX was a Grammy nominated rapper who held number several #1 albums from the late 90s to the early 00s. The hit single, “Ruff Ryder” anthem sky rocketed the rapper to the top of the charts. In his later years, he suffered from drug addictions as a result of childhood trauma. 

Simmons was born on December 18, 1970 in Mount Vernon, New York and was the only child to Arnett Simmons and Joe Barker. In his autobiography, “E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX,” he wrote that he was often found in group homes and juvenile detention in his teenage years. 

DMX was also an actor who appeared in films, such as 1998’s “Belly,”  the 2000 flick “Romeo Must Die” and “Exit Wounds” from 2001. His last album was 2015’s “Redemption of the Beast.”