DMX is currently in the hospital fighting for his life after he reportedly suffered from a heart attack.
His lawyer Murray Richman said that the rapper—real name Earl Simmons—was hospitalized over the weekend and is on life support. “He had a heart attack. He’s quite ill,” Richman said in a statement, per AFP. “I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son.” An official statement about the cause of the heart attack, however, has yet to be released.
TMZ first reported on the rapper’s condition on Saturday after a rep for DMX confirmed that he was “rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home.” “At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. Earl has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer,” the rep added.
“The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl. Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world. It is reassuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need.”
Following news of DMX’s hospitalization, plenty of prominent figures in the hip hop industry, including Eminem and Missy Elliott, took to social media to offer prayers and support to DMX and his family. “DMX prayed over me once and I could feel his anointing,” Chance the Rapper tweeted. “I’m praying for his full recovery.”
DMX prayed over me once and I could feel his anointing. I’m praying for his full recovery https://t.co/xVaid2NYqC
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 3, 2021
In the latest update, DMX’s former manager Nakia Walker told BuzzFeed News on April 4 that the rapper is “in a vegetative state, [with] lung and brain failure and no brain activity.”
A prayer vigil was also conducted on Monday outside of New York’s White Plains Hospital where DMX currently is. According to AFP, DMX’s family members were joined by several fans who chanted his name.
In December last year, DMX was spotted in the recording studio with Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine and others. It was the first time the rapper was seen returning to music after he had checked himself into a rehab facility in 2019.