Earl Simmons, the rapper/songwriter/actor known globally as DMX, has died. He was 50 years old. Simmons had been hospitalized in White Plains, NY after he suffered a heart attack. Def Jam Recordings has issued the following statement on his passing:
Def Jam Recordings and the extended Def Jam family of artists, executives and employees are deeply and profoundly saddened by the loss of our brother Earl “DMX” Simmons. DMX was 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.