Credit: Photo courtesy of Def Jam

Rapper and actor DMX died today at a hospital in White Plains, New York. He was 50.

Born Earl Simmons, DMX rose to prominence in the late 1990’s and was part of the music collective known as the Ruff Ryders.

DMX sold more than 23 million albums in his career. His string of hits and collaborations with artists like Jay-Z cemented his place in hip-hop history.

In spite of his success, DMX’s battle with drug addiction plagued his career.

Fans will remember DMX not only for his gravelly voice but for his devotion to the hip-hop community.

“Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever,” said his family in a statement.

There will be an extensive look at the life and legacy of DMX in the next issue of the Amsterdam News.