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DMX is in hospital for life support after a heart attack. Rapper’s lawyer Murray Richman told the Associated Press on Saturday night that DMX had been admitted to White Plains Hospital in New York and that “he is quite ill.”
Murray did not confirm reports that the 50-year-old rapper and actor had overdosed on drugs. He did not say what caused the heart attack.
DMX did not respond to a request for comment by NPR.
News of the state of DMX has sparked prayer and support on social media from fans and celebrities, including rappers Missy Elliott, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Ice T and Chance the Rapper.
In a statement to TMZ, DMX-born Earl Simmons said his family appreciated “the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl. Earl is a man whose life and music are a source of inspiration and strength. for so many people around the world. It’s reassuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to his need. “
DMX, part of the music world since the 1990s, has long been open to its past struggles with addiction, a fact that many Twitter users have noted and praised. He recently enrolled in drug abuse rehabilitation in 2019 after serving a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud and tax evasion, according to Variety.
His latest performance was the battle of Verzuz against Snoop Dogg in July 2020, for which Billboard reports attracted more than 500,000 viewers.
He started his rap career in the late 90’s with the release of his first album, It is dark and hell is hot, through Ruff Ryders and Def Jam. His second album, Flesh of my flesh, Blood of my blood eventually became triple platinum and … And then there was X became his third consecutive album, which debuted at number one on the charts. He also produced his biggest hit single “Party Up (Up in Here)”. In 2003, he became the first artist to ever have his first five albums to hit Billboard’s number one chart.
DMX has released a total of seven studio albums and won three Grammy nominations, two for a rap solo and one for a rap album. Diversity notes. He has also appeared in several films, including action movies Romeo must die and Superficial wounds.