Rapper DMX has been admitted to the hospital after reportedly suffering a drug overdose at his home.
The 50-year-old rap artist, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is said to be in a ‘vegetative state’ after purportedly suffering a heart attack brought on by the OD, TMZ reported Saturday.
Sources told the tabloid DMX overdosed around 11pm Friday and was rushed to the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he is now in critical care.
His exact condition is unclear, but doctors reportedly fear he may not pull through, according to the outlet. One source however, described the rapper as having ‘some brain activity.’
DMX has been hospitalized after allegedly suffering a drug overdose at his home Friday
The 50-year-old rapper is reported to be in a ‘vegetative state’ after suffering a heart attack triggered by an OD on Friday. DMX’s last known rehab stint was in October 2019. He had been seen in public as recently as February
DMX, who is considered one of the biggest artists of the 90s and early 2000s rap era, has been known to battle substance abuse and has checked into rehab several times over the years.
His last known stint was in October 2019, ten months after his release from prison, but was seen back on stage just two months later.
The rapper is not known to have shown any signs of a potential relapse since, and he was photographed at a public event as recently as February.
In January 2019 he was released from a West Virginia federal prison after serving a year behind bars for tax fraud.
He pleaded guilty in November 2017 to evading $1.7million in US tax payments between 2002 and 2005. On top of jail time, the Internal Revenue Service ordered him to pay $2.3million in restitution.
Prosecutors said the star had dodged taxes by living on cash, without maintaining a bank account or filing required tax returns to the IRS.
The native of Yonkers, a suburb of New York, was ordered to be under supervised release for three years.
DMX’s gravelly voice and dark, often violent lyrics catapulted him to fame in the early 90s
The rapper starred in a number of big films in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He is pictured above with actor Steven Seagal in a promo shot for 2001 film Exit Wounds
DMX was said to have been preparing for a comeback during his first year as a free man and had signed a new record deal with Def Jam Records in September that year.
But the following month, just 10 months after his release, the star took to social media to announce he was checking into rehab for an unspecified amount of time.
‘In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support,’ the post read.
It is unclear how long DMX was in treatment, but by late December he was seen back on stage in Las Vegas where he performed at the Hakkasan Nightclub.
The rapper appeared to be in good spirits and addressed his troubles during the show with a rousing address between songs.
‘When you fall down, get back up, everybody here has been through some s**t and you never know what God is willing to do for you until you need him to do something for you,’ he said to the crowd.
‘You won’t know if he’s willing to pick you up unless you fall down. You won’t know if he’s willing to help you find your way, unless you get lost,’ he added.
DMX, whose deep, gravelly voice and dark, often violent lyrics catapulted him to fame in the early nineties, has a colorful criminal history.
The father of 15 has been arrested for a variety of offenses over the years including drug possession, reckless driving, animal cruelty and failing to pay child support.
Artistically he is best known for his 2000 smash hit ‘Party Up (Up In Here),’ in which he belittles other rappers.
This is a developing story. More to come.