Rapper DMX has died at the age of 50 after suffering from a heart attack last week, his family confirmed in a statement on Friday.

The “Ruff Ryders Anthem” artist, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was hospitalized since last week and had been placed on life support.

In a statement, his family said he passed away at White Plains Hospital in New York “with his family by his side.”

“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. 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. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

In a statement, Def Jam Recordings called the rapper “a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world.”

“His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever.”

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