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DMX in “critical condition” following heart attack

By | Published on Tuesday 6 April 2021


DMX was hospitalised following a heart attack – reportedly as a result of a drugs overdose – on Friday. In a statement over the weekend, his family confirmed that he was in a “critical condition”, although initially there was some confusion about his status.

News of the heart attack was first reported by TMZ on Saturday, which revealed that the rapper had been admitted to an intensive care unit in New York on Friday night. Speaking to PIX11 News later on Saturday, DMX’s attorney Murray Richman confirmed that his client was in hospital as a result of a heart attack, although refused to comment on reports that it had been triggered by an overdose.

In that interview, Richman said that “it would be disingenuous of me to suggest that I am not a worried man”. However, he also said that the rapper had “been taken off [a] life support system” and was now “breathing on his own”. But he later retracted that statement, telling Rolling Stone that he had been “given wrong information” and that, in fact, the rapper remained on life support.

A statement from a rep for DMX that was then issued later on Saturday evening reads: “Last night Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons 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 Simmons family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl”, it continues. “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”.

Preparing for a vigil outside the hospital where he is being treated on Sunday, DMX’s family added: “We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes, and prayers, as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges”.

DMX has a long history of drug issues, and has spent a number of periods in rehab in recent years. Most recently, in 2019, he cancelled a number of live shows, with a rep saying: “In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility”.

Recently he has spoken about a new album he has been working on as a follow-up to 2012’s ‘Undisputed’, featuring a range of guests, including Bono, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, and Usher.