Hip Hop icon DMX’s life is hanging in the balance after the rapper suffered a reported drug overdose and heart attack on Friday night.
According to website TMZ, sources close to DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, claim an overdose occurred at 11pm. Sources added that the overdose then triggered a heart attack.
DMX’s lawyer Murray Richman confirmed the heart attack to Pix11, but did not confirm an overdose.
“He has been taken off the life support system and is breathing on his own. But we are concerned,” Mr Richman said. “It would be disingenuous of me to suggest I’m not a worried man at this particular point.”
DMX, 50, is currently in the critical care unit of a White Plains, New York, hospital where he reportedly is exhibiting “some brain activity.” Another source told TMZ that the artist is currently in a “vegetative state” and doctors have cautioned he may not make it.
The Ruff Ryders MC has long struggled with drug addiction, last checking into rehab October 2019.
The rapper claims his problems with addiction began when he was tricked into smoking crack at 14 — by his mentor.
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“I was in Yonkers. This guy, ‘Ready Ron,’ he was like an older brother to me,” DMX told fellow hip-hop star Talib Kweli on his “People’s Party” podcast.
“He would rap, and I would do the beatbox,” DMX said. “I loved this guy like an older brother.”
After the duo “did a robbery one night … it was his birthday and we came back and split the money. I said, ‘Here you go, go get something nice for your birthday.’ So he came back with a blunt rolled up, and I’m counting the money, he pass(ed) the blunt.”
Holding back tears, he continued, “I hit the blunt and … I was no longer focused on the money. I’ve never felt like this, it just f****d me up. I later found out that he laced the blunt with crack. Why would you do that to a child? He knew I looked up to him. Why would you do that to somebody who looks up to you? A monster was born. I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy. Especially to someone that you supposedly love.”
“The person that I loved was a snake.”
A rep for DMX could not immediately be reached for comment by the New York Post.
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