DMX is on life support at White Plains Hospital after suffering a heart attack, the rapper’s lawyer said on Saturday.
“I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son,” the lawyer, Murray Richman, told The Associated Press. “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.”
TMZ, citing unnamed sources, wrote earlier that DMX had a heart attack Friday night triggered by a drug overdose and was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York. The same anonymous sources also said DMX was in critical condition.
On Saturday morning, Eric B. of the hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim shared a photo of himself and DMX with the caption “Please pray for my brother DMX.”
Rick Ross also mentioned the situation on social media.
“Prayers up for DMX the legend,” he said in an Instagram story posted Saturday. “Let’s put that in the sky.”
Missy Elliot and Killer Mike tweeted out similarly hopeful messages.
DMX, born Earl Simmons, has dealt with drug addiction for years and experienced an overdose that left him “semiconscious” in 2016. Last year, he revealed in an interview with fellow rapper Talib Kweli that his issues with substance use first started at age 14, when a mentor gave him a blunt laced with crack. He also talked about the importance of discussing his problems openly.
“Talking about your problems is viewed as a sign of weakness, when actually, it’s one of the bravest things you can do,” DMX said at the time. “One of the bravest things you can do is put it on the table, chop it up, and just let it out.”