Hip-Hop Star DMX dies at 50 one week after heart attack


Rapper DMX, who rose to fame in the late 1990s with his debut studio album “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot,” died on Friday at the age of 50 after a week on life support following a heart attack, according to his family. Earl Simmons, the rapper, was hospitalized in New York last week with a heart attack after a reported overdose. His situation was so serious upon admission that he was resuscitated and placed on life support, according to Sputnik.

According to Sputnik, the family said in a 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.

The rapper’s family has requested that their privacy be respected and has stated that further details about the rapper’s memorial service will be released later.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the three-time Grammy Award nominee and American Music Award recipient was a leading figure in the hip-hop and pop music industries. His first five albums all charted at the top of the Billboard

Have a closer look his life achievements.

Awards and nominations

Grammy Award

Year Nominated work Award Result
2001 … And Then There Was X Best Rap Album Nominated
“Party Up (Up In Here)” Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
2002 “Who We Be” Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated

American Music Award

Year Nominated work Award Result
2000 DMX Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Won
2001 DMX Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated

MTV Video Music Award

Year Nominated work Award Result
1999 “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” Best Rap Video Nominated
2000 “Party Up (Up In Here)” Best Rap Video Nominated
2001 “No Sunshine” Best Video from a Film Nominated
2002 “Who We Be” Best Rap Video Nominated
Best Breakthrough Video Nominated
2006 “Touch It (Remix)” Best Rap Video Nominated
Best Male Video Nominated



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Belly Tommy “Buns” Bundy
2000 Romeo Must Die Silk
Backstage As himself
2001 Exit Wounds Latrell Walker
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Anthony Fait
2004 Never Die Alone King David
2006 Father of Lies Paul Direct-to-DVD
2007 Death Toll The Dog Direct-to-DVD
2008 Last Hour Black Jack Direct-to-DVD
Lords of the Street Thorn Originally titled Jump Out Boys
2009 Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent Nick Direct-to-DVD
The Bleeding Tagg Direct-to-DVD
2013 King Dog Terrell (TJ) Johnson Direct-to-DVD
Blame It on the Hustle Direct-to-DVD
2014 Top Five Himself Cameo appearance
2018 Pimp Midnight John
2019 Beyond the Law Detective Ray Munce
2020 Fast and Fierce: Death Race Davie

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Def Jam Vendetta Himself Voice role and likeness


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Chris Rock Show Himself
South Park Himself “Chef Aid” (season 2, episode 14)
2000 Moesha Himself “Gimme a Break” (season 5, episode 18)
2000–02 MadTV Himself 2 episodes
2002 Half & Half Himself “The Big Sistah Sans Soul” (season 1, episode 7)
2003 Third Watch Kandid Jones “In Lieu of Johnson” (season 5, episode 92)
Eve Xenon “She Snoops to Conquer” (season 1, episode 3)
2004 Chappelle’s Show Himself Music guest (season 2, episode 16)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Season 3, episode 57
The Sharon Osbourne Show Himself
2005 Trippin’ Himself 2 episodes
2006 DMX: Soul of a Man Himself Documentary
2008 Big Pun: The Legacy Himself Documentary
2011 Lifechangers Himself 2 episodes
2012 Couples Therapy Himself Documentary
2013 Iyanla, Fix My Life Himself “Fix My Rap Star Life” (season 2, episode 1)
2015 Fresh Off the Boat Himself Season 2, episode 9
2017 Black Ink Crew Himself Season 5, episode 14