The rapper and actor DMX, born Earl Simmons, is on life support at New York’s White Plains Hospital after suffering a heart attack, the 50-year-old’s lawyer Murray Richman said Saturday evening. Richman did not confirm earlier reports DMX had overdosed on drugs, and he did not say what may have caused the heart attack. “I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son,” Richman said. “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.”

TMZ reported it received a statement from a representative of DMX on Saturday that said the rapper was “rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home” and he remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit. DMX burst onto the music scene in 1998 with his debut studio album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, he’s released several more 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.

Over the years, DMX has battled with substance abuse. The rapper canceled a series of shows to check himself into a rehabilitation facility in 2019. In an Instagram post, his team said he apologized for the canceled shows and thanked his fans for the continued support.

 

By Alize Utteryn 04/04/2021