Rapper DMX dies following cardiac arrest, family confirms

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Rapper DMX has died one week after suffering a "catastrophic cardiac arrest", his family has said.

The 50-year-old, whose real name was Earl Simmons, had been admitted to intensive care in New York on Friday 2 April and was initially placed on life support.

Earlier this week, family, friends and fans had held a vigil outside the hospital.

In a statement announcing his death, his family said relatives had been by his side and described him as "a warrior who fought till the very end".

Paying tribute, they said: "He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him." His music, they added, "inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever".

DMX was signed by Columbia Records in 1992 and released his first album, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot, in 1998. He has released seven albums and received three Grammy nominations throughout his career, and collaborated with artists including Jay-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.