Rapper DMX, who lived for a while in South Carolina and had ties to the Upstate, died April 9 after a heart attack in White Plains, New York, according to news reports. He was 50.
The Associated Press reported the rapper was rushed to the hospital on April 2 and spent several days on life support before dying with relatives by his side.
Born Earl Simmons, DMX became one of hip hop’s biggest stars in the 1990s and 2000s with a string of hit songs, including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here).”
He went on to release seven albums, earned three Grammy nominations and was named favorite rap/hip-hop artist at the 2000 American Music Awards. Along with his musical career, DMX was also known as an actor, appearing in 2000’s “Romeo Must Die” with Jet Li and Aaliyah, according to the AP.
Between the late 2000s and the 2010s, the rapper lived in Lyman, South Carolina and was known to give spontaneous performances around the Upstate. He also had several brushes with the law and was once arrested at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport for driving-related offenses, according to local media reports. He moved from South Carolina to New York in 2019.
DMX is survived by his 15 children and his mother, the AP reported.