Rapper DMX died on Friday after being placed on life support following a heart attack.
American rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was admitted to the hospital on April 2. Hundreds of DMX supporters flooded New York's White Plains Hospital's parking lot to pray for him as he went on life support.
Some outlets have alleged that the heart attack was due to a possible drug overdose, though the allegations have not been confirmed.
"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," CBN News reports the family as saying. They also stated that his music "inspired countless fans across the world."
In recent months, Simmons also hosted a series of pandemic bible studies where thousands tuned in to hear the Bible. According to Faithwire, in 2012, the award-winning artist shared that he was entering into ministry. He became a transitional deacon in the Christian Church and hoped to eventually become a full-time pastor.
His family released a statement calling him a man who loved his family with a legacy that will live on forever. "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," the family said.
Additionally, Christian rapper Lecrae also released a statement calling DMX an "icon" who was outspoken about his faith and showed that everyone has difficulties that they can work to overcome. His statement, released on Instagram, reads, "The world lost an icon. #DMX was more than an entertainer, though. He was a picture of our complexities. A picture of our nuance and gray areas. People want to understand how he could be the rough, gritty, street representative, struggle with addiction and yet also sit here and bleed out his convictions about Jesus."
"It's simple; he was human. May his family be comforted, and his soul rest for eternity," Lecrae's statement concluded.
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