His lawyer said the Grammy-nominated US rapper DMX was removed from life support and breathed on his own after suffering a heart attack – but he said his condition was worrisome.
50-year-old lawyer Murray Richman, real name Earl Simmons, said he was considered “severe” to a hospital in New York after suffering a heart attack on Friday night.
“A large number of people are gathering in the hospital,” added Mr. Richman, DMX’s first wife and some of his 15 children at his bedside.
In a video tweeted by PIX11 News from New York, Mr. Richman said: “DMX is currently in the hospital, in the hospital as a result of a heart attack.
“He’s taken out of the life support system and he’s breathing on his own. But we’re worried.
“It would be insincere to say that I am not an anxious man at this point.”
When asked if DMX could verify a TMZ report that he had a heart attack after a significant overdose, Mr. Richman replied: “I refuse to vouch for this because I have no personal information.”
Musicians, celebrities, and fans have posted messages on social media saying they pray for rapper recovery.
“My sincere love and prayers go to my friend @DMX At this difficult time .. Go through my buddy, ”tweeted Ice-T.
“DMX prayed once on me and I could feel it being anointed. I pray for his full recovery,” added Chance The Rapper.
Rapper Big Freedia tweeted, “Praying to DMX is taken through my brother.”
“I pray for DMX,” wrote actress Viola Davis.
DMX has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations over its 20-year career.
His first studio album It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1998.
The multi-platinum album featured many hits such as Ruff Ryders’ Anthem, Get At Me Dog and Stop Being Greedy.
DMX also made his way as an actor starring in several movies such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, and Cradle 2 The Grave.
Over the years, DMX has publicly struggled with substance abuse and has participated in rehab several times.
In 2019, he canceled a series of shows to get himself into rehab for substance abuse after he was sentenced to a year in prison for tax fraud and evasion earlier that year.
In an Instagram post, his team said he apologized for the cancellations and thanked his fans for their continued support.