DMX Official Cause Of Death Revealed

The iconic hip-hop rapper died on April 9 at the age of 50.

According to Vulture, who spoke with a source from the Westchester County medical examiner’s office  X’ passed away from a cocaine-induced heart attack which ultimately cut off the blood flow to his brain. The influential rapper born Earl Simmons was first hospitalized on April 3 after suffering a reported drug overdose and a heart attack.

The source told Vulture that an analysis of Simmons’ urine showed cocaine was in his system and acute cocaine intoxication caused a chain of events leading to his death. An autopsy was not performed on the rapper by the medical examiner’s office.

The source also added that the cause of the 50-year-old’s death was determined through documentation by medical professionals and police. 

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“So obviously, there were a number of days where he was on ventilatory support and so forth in the hospital,” the rep told Vulture. “However, he was diagnosed brain-dead early on … He never woke up from [a] coma.”

Hailing from Yonkers, DMX blazed his way through the underground rap scene in the 1980s before working with some of New York’s finest including Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, Mase and LL Cool J. In the 90s, the rapper signed with Def Jam, later dropping his debut single “Get at Me Dog,” which reached the Hot 100’s Top 40. 

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In 1998, he released the albums It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood – both of which combined to sell 10 million copies combined.

His eighth album, Exodus, was posthumously released in May.

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