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DMX in 2007
DMX in 2007
Background information
Birth nameEarl Simmons
Also known as
  • Dark Man X
  • The Ruff Ryder
Born(1970-12-18)December 18, 1970
Mount Vernon, New York,[a] U.S.
OriginYonkers, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 9, 2021(2021-04-09) (aged 50)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • actor
  • songwriter
Years active1991–2021
Associated acts

Earl Simmons (December 18, 1970 – April 9, 2021), better known by his stage name DMX or Dark Man X, was an American rapper and actor. He is from Yonkers, New York.[1] He is best known for the songs "Ruff Ryders Anthem" and "Party Up (Up In Here)". He is also the founder and owner of Bloodline Records. He is one of the best-selling hip hop artists ever. He has done 7 albums and was working on his 8th until his death. The albums are Unleashed and Unreleased, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood, And Then There Was X, The Grand Champ, The Great Depression, Year of the Dog...Again and his recent one Undisputed.

On April 3, 2021, it was reported that Simmons had suffered a heart attack following a drug overdose and was being treated in the hospital in White Plains, New York.[2][3] He was placed under life-support.[4] He died six days later on April 9, aged 50.[5][6]On April 24, a life celebration was held in his honour, that was shown via a YouTube livestream. During the celebration, a monster truck that contained his casket drove through where the mourners were standing.

References[change | change source]

  1. Simmons, Earl & Fontaine, Smokey D. (2003), The E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX, HarperCollins, p. 7, ISBN 9780060934033
  2. "BREAKING NEWS: DMX In Vegetative State; Fighting For His Life In ICU". April 3, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  3. "DMX Hospitalized in New York". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  4. Rapper DMX on life support following heart attack, family says
  5. Coleman, C. Vernon (April 9, 2021). "DMX Dead at 50". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  6. "DMX, electrifying rapper who defined 2000s rap, dies at 50". Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  1. Other sources cite Baltimore, Maryland.

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