Rapper DMX, 50, still on life support after heart attack

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Legendary American rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, remains on life support following a massive heart attack, his lawyer has confirmed.

DMX, 50, was rushed to a New York hospital in a reported 'vegetative state' with 'some brain activity' after suffering a heart attack at his home on Friday (US time).

Rapper DMX was hospitalized for a heart attack, according to his spokesperson. (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Rapper DMX was hospitalised for a heart attack, according to his spokesperson. (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

The following day a spokesperson for the rapper told Yahoo Entertainment US that he was 'improving in his health' and had been taken off life support.

"I can confirm that [DMX] has been taken off life support and is now breathing on his own," the spokesperson wrote in an email on Saturday. "Still not out of the woods yet."

The rep added, "I'm unaware of what caused his heart attack."

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DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman hosed down these claims, telling Yahoo on Sunday that he had "no such knowledge" of the rapper being removed from life support and breathing on his own.

He said there was no change from the original news, as far as he knew.

NBC noted: "Richman and a spokesperson for DMX said they misspoke earlier when they said the rapper had been taken off life support and was breathing on his own."

'Very sad'

DMX was taken to White Plains Hospital, N.Y., late on Friday evening for a heart attack related to a reported drug overdose.

According to TMZ, the first outlet to report on the story, he was described by sources as having "some brain activity" and in a "vegetative" state. 

“He had a heart attack. He’s quite ill,” DMX's attorney Richman said on Saturday.

“I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son,” Richman said. “He’s just a tremendous person, tremendous entertainer, tremendous human being. And so much to offer, so much to say. Not the run-of-the-mill rapper. A person of great depth.”

He would not comment on reports that DMX overdosed on drugs and said he could not confirm what caused his heart attack.

DMX has had a public history of substance abuse. In 2019, following his release from federal prison for tax fraud, DMX voluntarily entered substance abuse treatment.

"In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility," read an Instagram post that year. "He apologises for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support." 

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'Prayers out 2 DMX'

On Saturday, celebrities from Snoop Dogg to Ja Rule and Viola Davis prayed for the Grammy-nominated star.

"Prayers out 2 DMX and his family!!" tweeted Eminem. "True legend! Pullin 4 u please stay strong."

In 1998, DMX topped the Billboard 200 chart with his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot which sold more than 5 million copies. He's since released seven albums and been nominated for three Grammy awards.

He also forged a career as an actor, appearing in 2000's Romeo Must Die with Jet Li and late singer Aaliyah and alongside Steven Segal in 2001's Exit Wounds.

DMX reunited with Li to star in 2003's Cradle 2 the Grave and his hit song "X Gon' Give It to Ya" was released as the lead single for the film's soundtrack.

According to IMDB, he is currently filming the action-thrilled Doggmen with Tara Reid and 'hot felon' Jeremy Meeks.

Additional reporting by Elise Solé.

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