Rapper DMX died aged 50 following heart attack

The rap star DMX passed away with members of his family by his side.

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The US rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, died, aged 50, at a New York hospital on Friday, according to a statement released by his family.

The statement said he had been “a warrior who fought till the very end.”

“Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” the statement said.

The rap star had been on life support after suffering a heart attack on April 2. His manager said he had been in a “vegetative state” ever since.

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The rapper had a very public history of substance abuse, serving time in jail in 2009 on drug offenses and checking in to a rehabilitation clinic in 2019.

US media reported that his heart attack was triggered by an overdose.

Simmons had as many as 15 children, including four with his ex-wife, Tashera Simmons.

In 2013, he filed for bankruptcy, citing about $1.3 million in child support owed to 10 children.

In his 2003 autobiography, E.A.R.L: The Autobiography of DMX, he wrote that he was abused and neglected by his mother.

As a youngster, Simmons ended up living in foster care.

jf/msh  (AFP, AP, dpa)



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