DMX’s family members and supporters gathered for a prayer vigil Monday outside the hospital in New York, where he remained on life support.
The 50-year-old rap legend was admitted to hospital Friday after a heart attack.
Audience outside White Plains Hospital called “DMX! DMX!” and when prompted by the main speaker, their arms crossed in the shape of an X. A woman’s sob echoed as they heard in the audience a recording of the rapper, whose birth name is Earl Simmons.
Simmons’ longtime lawyer, Murray Richman, said Sunday that the rapper was admitted to the intensive care unit, but he was not sure what was causing the heart attack.
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“On Friday night, April 2, 2021, our brother, son, father and colleague DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, was admitted to White Plains (NY) Hospital with serious health problems,” the family said through a publicist. “We ask you to keep Earl / DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes and prayers as well as respect our privacy when faced with these challenges.”
Another statement released Sunday afternoon said the rapper remained in a coma and was in a ventilator.
Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX, 50, was overdosing on drugs and was not sure what was causing the heart attack.
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“He really is an amazing person,” Richman told The New York Times. “He went into a room, he lit the room. He couldn’t help but make you feel good in his presence.”
In a separate interview with New York’s PIX11 News, Richman noted that he is “concerned” about the rapper’s current condition.
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DMX debuted in rap in 1998 and has released seven albums in a career that has included three Grammy nominations. He also starred in several films.
But drug abuse has been a struggle for him over the years, including in 2019, when he canceled shows to go to a rehab facility.
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Nevertheless, he retained his position among fans. An online face-off last year with fellow rapper Snoop Dogg as part of the Verzuz series brought in more than 500,000 viewers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.