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Three months after DMX’s tragic death, the cause of his demise has finally been revealed.

According to a report on Vulture, published on Thursday (July 8), a source from the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s office revealed DMX’s cause of death is listed as cardiac arrest caused by acute cocaine intoxication.

“It was cardiac arrest for a period of time, so there was no circulation to the brain,” says the source, adding that acute cocaine intoxication had “caused this chain of events.”

DMX, born Earl Simmons, died on April 9 after reportedly suffering an overdose that resulted in a heart attack on April 2, XXL confirmed with the late rapper’s team at the time. He was 50 years old.

The source additionally told Vulture that an analysis of Simmons’ urine displayed the presence of cocaine, adding that the medical examiner’s office did not perform an autopsy and determined the cause of death using documentation provided by medical professionals and police.

Apparently, on the night of DMX’s death, the source detailed that someone had called 911 for help on April 2 at 10:30 p.m., and when paramedics arrived on the scene at 10:09 p.m., they immediately performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on X at 10:10 p.m.null

This went on for 30-to-40 minutes between the arrival of paramedics at the rapper’s house and transporting DMX to the hospital. Although his heart was revived at one point and there was a pulse, his brain was already dead. “His death literally happened immediately because the brain was dead,” says the source.

Soon after the Ruff Ryders legend was hospitalized, his family revealed he was placed on life support, and he remained unresponsive. Reports surfaced that DMX had very little brain activity and was in a vegetative state. “So obviously, there were a number of days where he was on ventilatory support and so forth in the hospital,” added the source. “However, he was diagnosed brain-dead early on…He never woke up from [a] coma.”null

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” DMX’s team said in a statement shortly after X’s death. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

A memorial service for close friends and family of DMX was held on April 24 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The late rapper’s label, Def Jam Recordings, reportedly spent over $35,000 for the casket and funeral home expenses. It was later reported that the longtime label dropped nearly $300,000 to utilize the Barclays Center for the memorial and production costs, reportedly done by Kanye West, at the Brooklyn-based venue as well.

On May 28, DMX’s posthumous album, Exodus, was released, which was executive produced by X’s frequent collaborator Swizz Beatz. “My brother X was one of the most pure and rare souls I’ve ever met,” Swizzy said in a statement about the project.null

The LP features a host of artists including Jay-Z, Nas, Moneybagg Yo, Swizz Beatz, The Lox and more.

XXL has reached out to the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s office as well as a rep for DMX for a statement on this matter.


Impactful songs with inspirational lyrics from DMX.

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Song: “I’m Gonna Crawl” featuring Dime and DymeLyrics: “Every day, we live and learn, take it step by step/And we create our own path, until there’s no life left”

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Song: “Have You Eva”
Lyrics “Just get back up, pray on it and go on”

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Song: “It’s On”
Lyrics: “Never take a man’s life ’cause you hate yours/Never become so involved with something that it blinds you/Never forget where you from, someone will remind you/Never take for granted what’s been given as a gift”

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Song: “Fame”
Lyrics: “We each have a star, all we have to do is find it/Once you do, everyone who sees it will be blinded”

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Song: “Dogs For Life”
Lyrics: “Keep your head from the start, don’t fuck it up now”

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Song: “Fuckin’ wit’ D”
Lyrics: “Tougher, but then came the grease/So if you wanna save the peace, tame the beast”

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Song: “Angel” featuring Regina Belle
Lyrics: “Do the right thing, ’cause after the tears come the cheers”

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Song: “You Could Be Blind”
Lyrics “Don’t listen to the buzz, don’t get caught up in the hype/You’ll lose everything that you worked for/Trying to take a nigga’s stripes”

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Song: “The Rain”
Lyrics: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I gave it to you straight/Don’t mix it, twist it (What) up for some slick shit”

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Song: “Ready to Meet Him”
Lyrics: “No matter how hard it rains, withstand the pain”

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Song: “I Got Your Back” featuring Kashmere
Lyrics: “Don’t get discouraged if your dreams don’t come true”

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Song: “Lord Give Me a Sign”
Lyrics: “Crying about, ‘Life ain’t nothin’ (Nothin’)/But you either be the one mad ’cause you trapped or the one huntin'”

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Song: “Fuck U Bitch”
Lyrics: “No matter how much shit you go through, if the love is true/At the end of the day, what the fuck you gon’ do/But deal with it, c’mon, let’s be real with it”

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Song: “Get Up and Try Again”
Lyrics: “If and when you ever fall down, just get back up/Drop somethin’, stop frontin’, pick that shit back up/Stand for somethin’ or fall for everything/Wait for the right pitch and miss with every swing”

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Song: “Right or Wrong” Featuring Jannyce
Lyrics: “We all in the sunshine, we all want the fun time/So niggas forget that it is gon’ rain sometime/Whatever the weather/We supposed to be in this together”

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Song: Nas’ “Life Is What You Make It” featuring DMX
Lyrics: “So just peep the flow yo, ’cause you already in this/Make sure your shit is right, kid, and handle your business”—DMX

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Song: “It’ll Be Alright”
Lyrics: “Even if you stagger, you ain’t gots to fall/Well, even if you fall down, you get back up/Whatever you think it is, it ain’t that rough/’Cause there’s gonna be a time when enough is enough/You get up ’cause you’re fed up, straight up, call the Devil’s bluff”

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Song: “You Could Be Blind” featuring Mashonda
Lyrics: “You could be blind/But you gon’ see it when you need to see it/You gon’ be fine/’Cause you gon’ be here when you need to be here”

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Song: “Slippin'”
Lyrics: “See, to live is to suffer but to survive/Well, that’s to find meaning in the suffering”

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Song: “Let Me Fly”
Lyrics: “If you love somethin’, let it go/If it comes back to you, it’s yours/If it doesn’t, it never was”Filed Under: DMXCategories: News

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