Grammy-nominated performer DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, passed away at a hospital in White Plains, New York, after suffering "catastrophic cardiac arrest," his family confirmed Friday.
Tributes to the 50-year-old rapper, which first poured out last weekend following news of his hospitalization, engulfed social media feeds once again on Friday. Clips from some of his most recognizable hits and influential performances flooded feeds from fans memorializing the New Yorker whose accomplishments span several decades.
The Simmons family said they would share information on memorial services for him once the details are finalized.
"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," his family said in a statement Friday. "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."
Collaborators Def Jam Recordings, who had reportedly been working on new music with the rapper, released a statement on his loss, calling DMX "nothing less than a giant."
"DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world. His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever."