Rapper-Actor DMX, Known for Gruff Delivery, dies at the age of 50

Rapper-Actor DMX, Known for Gruff Delivery, dies at the age of 50

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The Grammy-nominated performer, DMX  died after suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he breathed his last died. He was rushed there from his home April 2.

DMX made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album, “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The multiplatinum-selling album was anchored by several hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog,” “Stop Being Greedy” and “How It’s Goin’ Down.”

Along with his musical career, DMX paved his way as an actor. He starred in the 1998 film “Belly” and appeared in 2000’s “Romeo Must Die” with Jet Li and Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for “Come Back in One Piece” on the film’s soundtrack.

The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, had struggled with drug addiction since his teenage years. His lawyer, Murray Richman, had earlier said he could not confirm reports that DMX overdosed.

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