The hip-hop community is devastated at the loss of the legendary DMX.
X’s death comes a week after he’d been hospitalized for an apparent drug-induced heart attack which led to his experiencing “significant organ failure” and reportedly contracting COVID-19, while on life support.
He was 50.
"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” X’s family shared in a statement. “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."
Many artists within the industry have taken to social media to pay salute.
Doctors performed several tests that showed "no improvement" since X was rushed to the hospital and the tests were critical in determining what was best to do.
The results left the family with few options.
DMX struggled with drug use throughout his adult life and spoke openly about it in his music since the beginning of his career. Prior to the pandemic, X had been touring semi-regularly, in 2018, he signed a new deal with Def Jam.
At 50-years-of age DMX entered into a drug rehab program, and upon leaving revealed he was working on his first album in years with the help of Swizz Beatz.
The Album would be his first album since 2015's Redemption of the Beast.
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