It’s with an extremely broken heart that I report Hip Hop legend DMX has passed away. 

DMX, born Earl Simmons, reportedly suffered a drug overdose at his New York home last Friday (April 2) that triggered a heart attack. 

The rapper remained on life support for a week as his family and fans prayed he would pull though. 

On Friday (April 9), the Simmons family released the following statement:

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. 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.

The hospital where DMX was being treated also released the following statement:

White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time.

Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.

The world lost a titan today.

DMX released his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, in 1998 and went on to solidify himself as one of the Hip Hop greats with over 8 studio albums and over 20 million records sold.

While many of his personal struggles often dominated headlines, it was his personal relationship with God that always kept him grounded and able to bounce back every time he slipped or fell.

[DMX Encourages Fans To Accept God’s Will & To Have A Closer Relationship With Christ (Video)]

DMX leaves 15 children, his fiancée Desiree Lindstrom, and a host of family and friends to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to all who knew and loved him.

Rest in the arms of the Lord, Earl.

You are loved and you will be missed dearly.