R.I.P. Dark Man X.

DMX has died at the age of 50.

After a week of putting up a long fight, the rapper’s family has confirmed on DMX has passed away at New York’s White Plains Hospital on Friday (April 9).

“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”, read the statement from a family rep. It continues, “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.”

On April 2, DMX was hospitalized and put in life support after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was deprived of oxygen for nearly half an hour, which severely impacted his brain. Earlier this week, X went through various tests, but showed no signs of improvement.

X’s family including long-time friend and manager Steve Rifkind has been by his side. Hundreds of friends and fans have also gathered for prayer vigils outside White Plains Hospital.

The Ruff Ryder icon, rapper and actor recently resigned with Def Jam and was in the midst of a major comeback with a new album. His last performance was during last year’s Verzuz battle with Snoop Dogg. Our thoughts and prayers go out to DMX’s family and friends.