‘Nothing less than a giant’: Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of rapper DMX says he has died at age 50 after a career in which he delivered iconic hip-hop songs such as “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.”

A statement Friday from the family says the Grammy-nominated rapper died at a hospital in White Plains, New York, “with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.”

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FILE- DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 1, 2011. The family of rapper DMX says he has died at age 50 after a career in which he delivered iconic hip-hop songs such as “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.” A statement from the family says the Grammy-nominated rapper died at a hospital in White Plains, New York, “with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. He was rushed to a New York hospital from his home April 2. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

He was rushed to a New York hospital from his home April 2. The hospital says he suffered “catastrophic cardiac arrest.”

DMX made his mark as one of hip-hop’s most recognizable names for his rap artistry and as an actor.

But he was personally stifled by legal battles and drug addiction.

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