Longtime New York City attorney for DMX, Murray Richman, said the rapper was on a life support at White Plains Hospital Saturday night.
“He’s had a heart attack. He’s pretty sick,” said Richman.
Richman said he couldn’t confirm reports that DMX, 50, overdosed on drugs and wasn’t sure what caused the heart attack.
“I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son, ”said Richman. “He’s just a great person, a great entertainer, a great person. And so much to offer, so much to say. Not the ordinary rapper. A person of great depth. “
DMX, real name Earl Simmons, caused a sensation in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot”, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. The Multiplatinum sales album was anchored by several hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”, “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy”.
The rapper had four other top albums, including “… and then there was X”, “Meat of my flesh, blood of my blood”, “The Great Depression” and “Grand Champ”. He has released seven albums and received three Grammy nominations.
Along with his music career, DMX paved his way as an actor. He starred in the 1998 film “Belly” and a few years later appeared with Jet Li and the late singer Aaliyah in “Romeo Must Die”. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for the soundtrack of the song “Come Back in One Piece”.
The rapper also starred in “Exit Wounds” with Steven Seagal and “Cradle 2 the Grave” with Li.
Over the years DMX has struggled with substance abuse. The rapper has canceled a number of shows to check into a rehab facility in 2019. In an Instagram post, his team apologized for the canceled shows and thanked his fans for their continued support.
Last year DMX competed in a Verzuz fight against Snoop Dogg that drew more than 500,000 viewers.
Associate press writer Dave Collins reported from Hartford, Connecticut, and Jonathan Landrum Jr. from Los Angeles.
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