American rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known by the stage name DMX or Dark Man X, died on Friday, People magazine said, after suffering a heart attack during what media reports said was a drug overdose. He was 50 years old.
The chart-topping artist's songs included Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give It To Ya. His career had been marked by legal troubles and prison time.
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” his family wrote in a statement quoted by the magazine.
DMX collapsed at home, his family had said.