DMX is battling for his life following a drug overdose.
According to a popular news report, the 50-year-old rap icon was at his home when he suffered an overdose around 11 p.m. on Friday night (April 2nd). The overdose reportedly triggered a heart attack.
He was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York and is currently in the critical care unit. He is reportedly in a “grave condition” and his prognosis is not good. One source says he has “some brain activity,” while another claims he’s in a “vegetative state” and doctors have cautioned he may not make it.
DMX has had a long-documented battle with addiction and has been to rehab several times. His most recent stint came in 2019 following his 12-month sentence for tax evasion when he checked himself in as a preventative measure as he felt temptations to use again.
DMX was in the midst of staging a comeback. Back in July, he and Snoop Dogg faced off in a Verzuz battle, with over half-a-million viewers tuning in. In 2019, he signed a new deal with Def Jam and was readying a new album, his first in nearly nine years, which is set to feature Pop Smoke, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Snoop, and Bono.
His friends in the hip-hop community including T.I., Ja Rule, and Rick Ross took to social media to share their support and pray for his recovery.
A representative for DMX born Earl Simmons, released a statement on Saturday. “Last night Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home. At this time he remains in ICU in grave condition. DMX has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer.”
The statement continued, “The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for DMX. DMX 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.”
DMX has had a long battle with drug abuse and has been to rehab several times. In early 2019, he was released from prison after serving a 12-month sentence for tax evasion. Later that year, he canceled a series of shows and checked himself into a rehabilitation center for substance abuse.