Entertainment Music Rapper and movie star DMX on life support after massive heart attack

Rapper and movie star DMX on life support after massive heart attack

DNX is in a coma and on life support after a massive heart attack. Photo: Getty
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The longtime lawyer representing multiple-platinum rapper DMX has confirmed his client is in a coma and fighting for his life after a massive heart attack.

New York attorney Murray Richman, says the rapper was on life support at White Plains Hospital.

“He had a heart attack. He’s quite ill,” Richman said on Saturday evening.

Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX, 50, overdosed on drugs and was not sure what 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.”

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, which debuted No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

History of drug abuse

The multi platinum-selling album was anchored by several hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”, “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy”.
The rapper had four other chart-topping albums including And Then There Was X, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, The Great Depression and Grand Champ.

He has released seven 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 of 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, cancelling a series of shows to check himself into a rehabilitation facility in 2019.

In an Instagram post, his team said he apologised for the cancelled shows and thanked his fans for the continued support.

Last year, DMX faced off against Snoop Dogg in a Verzuz battle, which drew more than 500,000 viewers.

-AAP