DMX fights for life at White Plains Hospital after heart attack; vigil set for Monday
As DMX continues to fight for his life, the 50-year-old rapper's family announced that a prayer vigil outside White Plains Hospital is set for 5 p.m. Monday.
DMX was taken to White Plains Hospital after suffering a heart attack in Westchester County over the weekend.
The rapper's longtime New York-based lawyer, Murray Richman, said Saturday evening that DMX was on life support at the hospital.
"We are concerned," Richman told PIX 11 News. "It would be disingenuous to suggest that I'm not a worried man at this particular point."
The hip hop star was rushed to the hospital late Friday night.
Earlier Saturday evening, Richman said DMX was taken off life support and breathing on his own but later backtracked on those comments, saying he was misinformed and misspoke.
Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX overdosed on drugs and was not sure what caused the heart attack.
“I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son,” Richman said, according to AP. “He’s just a tremendous person, tremendous entertainer, tremendous human being. And so much to offer, so much to say. Not the run-of-the-mill rapper. A person of great depth.”
Born in Mount Vernon and raised in Yonkers, DMX, whose legal name is Earl Simmons, has faced a string of criminal, legal and personal issues in recent years.
In 2016, Yonkers police and Empress Ambulance first responders saved DMX's life after the rapper was found lifeless outside a Yonkers hotel.
Celebrities and friends of DMX took to social media to offer their prayers and support to the rapper.
Rick Ross shared a video on Instagram Stories asking his followers to pray for "DMX the legend."
Gabrielle Union tweeted: "Please pray, send healing energy, whatever positive vibes you can for #DMX."
The rapper has battled drug addiction in the past and last entered rehab in 2019 after spending a year in prison for tax evasion.
“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility,” a statement on DMX’s Instagram read at the time. “He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”
He first made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The multiplatinum selling album was anchored by several hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy.” The moniker “DMX” is short for his full stage name, “Dark Man X.”
The rapper had four other chart-topping albums including “... And Then There Was X,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” “The Great Depression” and “Grand Champ.” He has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.
Along with his music career, DMX paved his way as an actor. He starred in the 1998 film “Belly” and appeared in “Romeo Must Die” a couple years later with Jet Li and the late singer Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for the film’s soundtrack song “Come Back in One Piece.”
The rapper also starred in “Exit Wounds” with Steven Seagal and “Cradle 2 the Grave” with Li.
Most recently, DMX battled fellow rapper Snoop Dogg during Swizz Beatz and Timbaland's popular web series "Verzuz" in July 2020.
The Associated Press and USA Today contributed to this report.