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DMX
DMX in 2001
Born
Earl Simmons

(1970-12-18)December 18, 1970
DiedApril 9, 2021(2021-04-09) (aged 50)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Burial placeOakland Cemetery, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Other names
  • Dark Man X
  • X
  • Divine Master of the Unknown
Occupations
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active1985–2021
Spouse
Tashera Simmons
(m. 1999; div. 2014)
PartnerDesiree Lindstrom (2016–2021)[a][1]
Children17[2]
Musical career
OriginYonkers, New York, U.S.[3]
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Formerly of
Websitedmx.store
Signature

Earl Simmons (December 18, 1970 – April 9, 2021), better known by his stage name DMX (short for Dark Man X), was an American rapper and actor. He was best known songs like "Ruff Ryders' Anthem", "Party Up (Up in Here)", "Where the Hood At?" and "X Gon' Give It to Ya". He was also the founder and owner of Bloodline Records. He was one of the best-selling hip hop artists ever. He released seven albums: 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.

As an actor, DMX starred in movies such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour. In 2006, he starred in the BET reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man.

Health problems and death[change | change source]

On February 10, 2016, he was found unresponsive at a parking lot at a Ramada Inn in Yonkers, New York. He was resuscitated by first responders and intravenously given Narcan, an opioid-reversal drug; he responded quickly to Narcan and became semi-conscious. Simmons was subsequently rushed to the hospital. A witness said he ingested a powdered substance before collapsing, but police found no illegal substances on the property. Simmons stated that it was from an asthma attack. He died April 9, 2021 at the age of 50. A week earlier he was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York where he was reported to be in critical condition following a heart attack at his home possibly resulting from a drug overdose. The next day, his attorney Murray Richman confirmed Simmons was on life support. That same night, Simmons suffered cerebral hypoxia as paramedics attempted to resuscitate him for 30 minutes. Simmons's former manager, Nakia Walker, said he was in a "vegetative state" with "lung and brain failure and no current brain activity". His manager, SRC and Loud Records founder Steve Rifkind, stated Simmons was comatose and that he was set to undergo tests to determine his brain's functionality and his family will "determine what's best from there". It was revealed on July 8 by the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office that Simmons' official cause of death was a cocaine-induced heart attack.

References[change | change source]

  1. "DMX'S FIANCÉE DESIREE LINDSTROM DENIED COMMON-LAW WIFE STATUS AFTER SHE PETITIONED TO CONTROL LATE RAPPER'S ESTATE". The Source. June 22, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  2. "DMX's Family Reveals He Passed Away at 50, Leaves Behind 17 Children". VladTV. April 9, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  3. Simmons, Earl & Fontaine, Smokey D. (2003), E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX, HarperCollins, p. 7, ISBN 978-0-06-093403-3
  4. 4.0 4.1 Huey, Steve (June 12, 2007). "DMX Biography". AllMusic.
  5. "How DMX found God". Pitchfork. April 21, 2021.
Notes
  1. Until Simmons's death.

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