BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 9th April 2021)– A family representative of famous rapper DMX announced his passing today (Friday 9th April 2021) in a tweet.
The announcement read, “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… Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end.”
Simmons suffered a drug overdose about one week ago and had been hospitalised.
The megastar languished in critical care and was said to be in a “vegetative state”. His physicians at the White Plains Hospital cautioned that it was possible that would not make it.
DMX spent 30 years in the music and film industries. He was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards and 5 MTV Music Awards. In 2000 and again in 2001, he won the American Music Award’s Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist category.
The artist had 15 songs on the US Billboard music charts with Party Up (Up in Here) peaking at 27 in April 2000. The song remained on the chart for 29 weeks.
DMX’s last appearance was on the Gods of Rap Concert with Rappers Lox and Nas on April 23 last year at the AO Stadium in Manchester, UK. His last album released in January 2015 was called Redemption of the Beast.
DMX earned international notoriety when, in June 2003, he was arrested in St. Kitts and Nevis for using profanity in public during his performance at the annual St. Kitts Music Festival which created a widespread discussion with many people labelling the local laws “archaic”. A concert-goer remembers that during the DMX’s performance, members of the audience sang the lyrical expletives on behalf of the rapper who eventually joined in with his music lovers and supporters after having tried omit the swear words initially.
The rap artist continued to have many fans in the federation of St.Kitts and Nevis throughout the years as many, too, have been reacting to the news of his passing likewise others around the world.
‘Ruff Ryder’s Anthem’, ‘Party Up (In Here)’ and ‘What They Really Want ‘ are some DMX’s hit songs.