DMX is an American rapper and actor whose career has spanned for 3 decades. His real name is Earl Simmons but has been popular with his stage name DMX which he started using in 1998.
DMX was born on December 18, 1970, in Mount Vernom, New York, U.S, DMX to teenage parents Arnett Simmons and Joe Barker. He suffered from Bronchial Asthma when he was young.
DMX was a staunch Christian who was even a deacon in church and looking forward to be ordained a priest at the time of his death. He was married to Tashera for 15 years and he is a father to 15 children from different mothers.
DMX joined music at an early age of 14 in 1984 when he was beatboxing for the local rapper Ready Con. As a teenager, DMX was imprisoned and after coming out of prison, he started writing his own songs making performances for children. Between 1988-1991, DMX released his own mix tapes and rap songs selling them.
After receiving hype from The Source Magazine, Columbia records signed DMX in 1992 where he released a single born loser and then Make a Move in 1994. By 1996, he had featured in songs alongside Jay Z, Ja Rule, LL Cool, The LOX, and Sum 41.
DMX’s major breakthrough came with the release of his album It’s dark and Hell is Hot in 1998 which debuted at number one on Billboard 200 and sold over 5M copies worldwide. DMX would go on to release more albums Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998), ..And then there was X (1999) which also debuted at number one.
DMX released more albums The Great Depression (2001), Grand Champ (2003) which also debuted at number one on Billboard 200. DMX later missed the number one spot with his album Year of the dog – again (2006). In the years that followed, DMX released more albums and singles which also topped charts in various countries.
DMX started his acting career in 1998. In his whole career DMX has starred and co starred in over 19 movies, 20 Television series and shows and one video game including movies like Romeo Must Die, Backstage, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, Never Die Alone, Death Toll, Last Hour, Lords of the Street, The Bleeding, Beyond the Law etc.
Cause of Death
DMX started suffering from Asthma at a young age a disease that continued to his maturity. In 2016, he was found in Ramada Inn parking unresponsive which was due to asthma attack. As young as 14, he had started taking marijuana and was addicted to crack Cocaine. He also had a Bipolar disorder (a mental disorder characterized by periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated moods).
DMX was taken to the hospital on April 2, after receiving a heart attack reportedly from an overdose.
On April 3rd it was announced that DMX was on life support and on April 4th, he was reported to be in a vegetative state. After several key organs stopped functioning including lungs, his manager reported on 7th April that he will be taken into a test to determine functionality of his brain and that the result will help his family determine what is the best for him.
Yesterday on 8th April, various tabloids including TMZ reported that his brain functioning was found unchanged and the following day, DMX was pronounced dead in a family statement at 50 years of age.