DMX, hip-hop superstar, dies at 50

DMX, the rapper known for such hits as “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” and “Party Up (Up in Here),” has died after he was hospitalized following a drug overdose last week. He was 50. News of his death at White Planes Hospital in New York was confirmed Friday in a statement from his family.

“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,” they wrote in a statement provided to PEOPLE.

They added, “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.”

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