DMX (died April 9th, aged 50)
Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, died at White Plains Hospital, a few days after he was placed on life support following a heart attack at his home possibly resulting from drug overdose.
DMX, aka Dark Man X, began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998. He went on to release seven more studio albums, including 1999’s …And Then There Was X, which earned him three Grammy nods, including a nomination in the Best Rap Album category. He also parlayed his growing fame into an acting career, appearing in a number of movies including, 2000’s Romeo Must Die and 2003’s Cradle 2 The Grave.
Sadly, DMX’s achievements as a rapper and actor were often overshadowed by his issues with substance abuse and run-ins with the law.