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Blazers Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum pay tribute to Hip-Hop icon DMX

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Tributes from Hip-Hop moguls, actors and artists began to pour in Friday after it was announced that rapper DMX has died at the age of 50.

The Hip-Hop icon, who began his career in the mid 1980s and saw a No. 1 debut album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot in 1998, was taken to the hospital in White Plains, New York last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York.

The family confirmed his death Friday after he was placed on life support earlier in the week.

"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days," the family wrote in a statement.

"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end," the family continued. "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. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”


DMX's passing impacted the sports world too. Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum took to social media to pay tribute to the New York rapper.

“Rest in Peace to the Dark Man… the only of his kind,” Lillard said.

McCollum added, “Rest in Paradise DMX.”

The Trail Blazers stars weren’t the only players to take to social media to express their condolences about DMX’s death. Other current and former athletes including LeBron James and Jamal Crawford also mourned the loss.