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WHITE PLAINS – A large crowd gathered for a vigil on Monday, held by the family of rapper DMX in front of the hospital, where he is fighting for his life.

The crowd of perhaps hundreds heard prayers for the rapper, who was taken to White Plains Hospital on Friday night after a heart attack.

“He’s iconic,” said Tonya Williams of White Plains, who was among those gathered at the vigil, which began around 5 p.m. “You know, we love him – he’s a Westchester legend. He did.”

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Billy Carter of Vernon Peak, the city in Westchester County where DMX was born, said he was an “earthly man” who “showed only love.”

Carter hopes Monday’s outpouring of support will change and help DMX recover.

The 50-year-old DMX, whose legal name is Earl Simmons and who was born in Mount Vernon and grew up in Yonkers, has had several leading albums and participated in films.

At Monday’s vigil, his ex-wife, Tasher Williams, and his fiancée, Desiree Lindström, took comfort.

A hospital worker raised his hands in an X as he watched the vigil.

Murray Richman, a New York-based DMX attorney, said Saturday night that DMX supports life support.

“I am very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son, “Richman was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. “He’s just an amazing person, a great artist, an amazing human being. And so much to offer, so much to say. He’s not the rapper. A man of great depth. “

DMX’s albums include “… And Then There Was X,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” “The Great Depression,” and “Grand Champ.” He has released seven albums and won three Grammy nominations.

“DMX” is an abbreviation of its full stage name “Dark Man X.”

He also starred in films, including “Belly” from 1998, and appeared in “Romeo Must Die” a few years later with Jet Li and the late singer Aaliyah – DMX and Aaliyah working together on the soundtrack of the latest film “Come Back in One piece.”

In recent years, DMX has faced some criminal, legal and personal issues.

He has battled drug addiction in the past and was last rehabilitated in 2019 after a year in prison for tax evasion.

“In its ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has registered at a rehab center,” DMX said in a statement on Instagram at the time. “He apologizes for his canceled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”

News magazine photographer Seth Harrison, Associated Press and USA Today contributed to the report.

Michael P. McKinney is a reporter for the latest news for the Journal News, Poughkeepsie Journal and Times-Herald Record.

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