Earl Simmons (December 18, 1970 – April 9, 2021), better known by his stage name DMX or Dark Man X, was an American rapper and actor. He is from Yonkers, New York. He is best known for the songs "Ruff Ryders Anthem" and "Party Up (Up In Here)". He is also the founder and owner of Bloodline Records. He is one of the best-selling hip hop artists ever. He has done 7 albums and was working on his 8th until his death. The albums are Unleashed and Unreleased, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood, And Then There Was X, The Grand Champ, The Great Depression, Year of the Dog...Again and his recent one Undisputed.
|Birth name||Earl Simmons|
|Born||December 18, 1970|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Origin||Yonkers, New York, U.S.|
|Died||April 9, 2021 (aged 50)|
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Bloodline, Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, Def Jam (former) Seven Arts Music
|Associated acts||Ruff Ryders, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Swizz Beatz, Eve, Drag-On, The Lox, Ja Rule,, Splash Zanotti, Aaliyah|
On April 3, 2021, it was reported that Simmons had suffered a heart attack following a drug overdose and was being treated in the hospital in White Plains, New York. He was placed under life-support. He died six days later on April 9, aged 50.On April 24, a life celebration was held in his honour, that was shown via a YouTube livestream. During the celebration, a monster truck that contained his casket drove through where the mourners were standing.
- Simmons, Earl & Fontaine, Smokey D. (2003), The E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX, HarperCollins, p. 7, ISBN 9780060934033
- "BREAKING NEWS: DMX In Vegetative State; Fighting For His Life In ICU". AllHipHop.com. April 3, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
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- Rapper DMX on life support following heart attack, family says
- Coleman, C. Vernon (April 9, 2021). "DMX Dead at 50". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved April 9, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "DMX, electrifying rapper who defined 2000s rap, dies at 50". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
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