DMX, a dark-skinned rapper and actor, dies at the age of 50

"Earl was a hero who fought to the end. He loved his family with all his heart and we appreciate the times we spent with him," his family said in a statement.

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DMX, a poisoned rapper and actor who made charts with tracks including "Party Up" and "X Gon 'Give It to Ya," has died at the age of 50, his family said in a statement Friday.

The doctor, whose real name was Earl Simmons, suffered a heart attack on April 2, according to his lawyer, Murray Richman. He was immediately admitted to hospital in critical condition.

"Earl was a hero who fought to the end," his family said in a statement. "He loved his family with all his heart and we appreciate the times we had with him."

White Plains Hospital has confirmed that DMX has passed away "in peace with the family present after the catastrophic heart attack."

DMX came out in rap in 1998 with his first studio album, "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot." The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, powered by hits such as "Ruff Ryders' Anthem," "Get At Me Dog" and "Stop Being Greedy."

She's had a lot of success with the albums "... And Then There Was X," "My Flesh, My Blood," "The Great Depression" and "Grand Champ" - all started at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

DMX released seven albums and received three Grammy nominations.

He also starred in several roles in Hollywood films. He also starred in rap in Nas in the 1998 crime drama "Belly," and two years later joined Jet Li and singer Aaliyah in the movie "Romeo Must Die."

He appeared with Steven Seagal in "Exit Wounds" (2001) and reunited with Li and in "Cradle 2 the Grave" (2003). He also performed a cameo like himself in the Chris Rock comedy "Top Five" (2014).

DMX was outspoken in his experience of drug abuse over the years. He also faced a number of legal issues, including repeated arrests and temporary imprisonment.

In an interview last year on rap artist Talib Kweli's program, "People's Party", DMX said his drug use began at the age of 14 when his adviser at the time gave him an indirect breakup.

DMX, who was traumatized during the interview, said he had never smoked anything before that night: "I will not do that to my worst enemy."

In a statement, the DMX family said his music "has inspired many fans around the world and his dignified legacy will continue forever."

"We are grateful for all the love and support during this difficult time," they said. "Please respect our privacy as we are saddened by the loss of a brother, father, uncle and man the world knows as DMX."