DMX is currently on life support following a heart attack. According to the rapper’s lawyer, Murray Richman, DMX was admitted to New York’s White Plains Hospital on Saturday evening and is “quite ill.”
Murray did not confirm reports that the rapper and actor, 50, had died of a drug overdose. He made no mention of the cause of the heart attack.
The news of DMX’s condition sparked a social media outpouring of prayer and support from fans and celebrities, including Missy Elliott, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Ice T, and Chance the Rapper.
A representative for DMX — born Earl Simmons — told TMZ that his family appreciated the tribute “the outpouring of genuine affection, encouragement, support, and prayers for Earl. Earl is someone whose life and music have served as an inspiration and source of strength for countless people worldwide. It’s reassuring to see his fans show him the same level of devotion and energy during his time of need.”
DMX, a fixture in the music industry since the 1990s, has long been candid about his struggles with addiction, as numerous Twitter users noted and lauded. According to Variety, he checked into rehab for substance abuse in 2019 after serving a year in prison for tax fraud and evasion.
His most recent appearance was in a Verzuz battle against Snoop Dogg in July 2020, which according to Billboard drew more than 500,000 viewers.
He began his rap career in the late 1990s, when Ruff Ryders and Def Jam released his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot. His second album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, eventually achieved triple platinum certification, and…And Then There Was X became his third consecutive chart-topping album. Additionally, it produced his most successful single, “Party Up (Up in Here).” In 2003, he became the first artist in history to have his first five albums debut at number one on the Billboard charts.
According to Variety, DMX has released seven studio albums and earned three Grammy nominations, two for rap solo performance and one for rap album. Additionally, he appeared in a number of films, including the action films Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.