Hip Hop icon DMX passes at 50

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: DMX performs during the Ruff Ryders Reunion Concert at Barclays Center on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Ruff Ryders frontman and Hip Hop icon Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, passes today his family announced in a statement. He was 50.

“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,” family’s statement read in part. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the family continued. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”

The artist had been hospitalized since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York, according to his longtime attorney, Murray Richman.