Grammy-nominated US rapper DMX has been given life support and is breathing on his own after a heart attack – but his condition remains worrying, his attorney said.
The 50-year-old, real name Earl Simmons, was admitted to a New York hospital in “severe condition” Friday night after suffering a heart attack, lawyer Murray Richman said.
DMX’s first wife and some of his 15 children sit by his bedside while “a lot of people gather in the hospital,” added Richman.
In a video tweeted on New York’s PIX11 News, Richman said, “DMX is currently in the hospital, he was hospitalized because of a heart attack.
“He has been taken out of the life support system and is breathing on his own. But we are concerned.
“I would be insincere to say that I am not a concerned man at this point.”
When asked if he could confirm a TMZ report that DMX had a heart attack after an apparent overdose, Mr. Richman replied, “I refuse to vouch because I have no personal knowledge.”
Musicians, celebrities and fans have posted messages on social media praying for the rapper’s recovery.
“My sincere love and prayers go to my homie @DMX at this difficult time. Pull my guy through,” Ice-T tweeted.
“DMX prayed over me once and I could feel his anointing. I pray for his full recovery,” added Chance The Rapper.
“Sending prayers to Dmx is a drag on my brother,” tweeted rapper Big Freedia.
“Pray for DMX,” wrote actress Viola Davis.
DMX has released seven albums and received three Grammy nominations in its 20-plus year career.
His first studio album “It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot” debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts in 1998.
The multi-selling album contained several hits including Ruff Ryders’ Anthem, Get At Me Dog and Stop Being Greedy.
DMX has also paved his way as an actor, starring in several films including Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, and Cradle 2 The Grave.
Over the years DMX has publicly battled substance abuse and participated in rehab several times.
In 2019, he canceled a number of shows to go to rehab for substance abuse after serving a one-year prison sentence for tax fraud and evasion earlier this year.
In an Instagram post, his team said he apologized for the cancellations and thanked his fans for their continued support.