The music world is mourning the demise of DMX who died after one week on life support over drug overdose. This is according to a statement by his family as reported by Associated Press.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been in a severe condition after being hospitalised in a New York hospital after suffering a heart attack on April 2.
DMX made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The multiplatinum selling album was anchored by several hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy.”
The rapper had four other chart-topping albums including “…And Then There Was X,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” “The Great Depression” and “Grand Champ.” He has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.
His last album, “Undisputed,” was released in 2012.
Along with his music career, DMX paved his way as an actor. He starred in the 1998 film “Belly” and appeared in “Romeo Must Die” a couple years later with Jet Li and the late singer Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for the film’s soundtrack song “Come Back in One Piece.”
The rapper also starred in “Exit Wounds” with Steven Seagal and “Cradle 2 the Grave” with Li.
Last year, DMX faced off against Snoop Dogg in a Verzuz battle, which drew more than 500,000 viewers, Associated Press reports