The Grammy-appointed American rapper DMX has been taken out of life and is breathing on his own after suffering a heart attack, but his condition remains a concern, his lawyer said.
The 50-year-old, whose real name is Count Simmons, was hospitalized in New York “in serious condition” after suffering a heart attack on Friday night, said lawyer Murray Richman.
DMX’s first wife and some of his 15 children are at his bedside, while “a lot of people are going to the hospital,” Mr. Richman added.
In a video written by New York-based PIX11 News, Mr. Richman said: “DMX is in the hospital now, he was in the hospital with a heart attack.
“He has been removed from the life support system and he is breathing on his own. But we are worried.
“It would be inappropriate on my part to assume that I am not worried at this point.”
Asked if he could confirm TMZ’s report that DMX suffered a heart attack after an apparent overdose, Mr Richman said: “I refuse to vouch for it because I have no personal knowledge.”
Musicians, celebrities and fans posted messages on social networks, saying they were praying for the rapper’s recovery.
“My sincere love and prayers are asked of my wife @DMX at this difficult time .. Hold out my dude, “Ice-T tweeted.
“DMX prayed over me once and I felt his anointing. I pray for his full recovery,” added Chance The Rapper.
“The Dmx prayer draws through my brother,” the Big Freedia rapper tweeted.
“We pray for DMX,” wrote actress Viola Davis.
DMX has released seven albums and received three Grammy nominations during his career, which lasted more than 20 years.
His first studio album It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1998.
The multi-platinum album sold several hits, including Raff Ryder’s Anthem, Get At Me Dog and Stop Being Greedy.
DMX also made his way as an actor, starring in several films, including “Belly”, “Romeo Must Die”, “Get Out of Wounds” and “Cradle 2 Grave”.
For many years, DMX has publicly fought drug abuse and attended rehabilitation services several times.
In 2019, he canceled a series of shows to test himself for drug abuse rehabilitation after serving a year in prison for fraud and tax evasion earlier that year.
In a post on Instagram, his team said he apologized for the cancellation and thanked his fans for their continued support.