DMX 1DMX, one of the most popular and successful rappers to emerge in the 1990s, died Friday, April 9 at the age of 50. He had been hospitalized in a coma and on life support for the past week after suffering a heart attack. Initial reports said DMX suffered the heart attack after an overdose, but his reps have not confirmed that information.

As reported by Variety, a statement released by his family reads, “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. 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.”