DMX hospitalized after suffering an overdose, heart attack: report

DMX is now on life support, according to his family

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DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was hospitalized and said to be in critical condition after suffering an overdose that caused a heart attack. ABC News confirmed that the famed rapper is on life support, according to his family.

His lawyer, Murray Richman, also released a statement: “I received a call this morning that Earl Simmons was in the hospital, at the White Plains Hospital, and that he had had a heart attack, and I’m not sure how it was induced and that he’s on life support.”

DMX speaks during the 2012 Rock the Bells Festival press conference and Fan Appreciation Party on at Santos Party House on June 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

The 50-year-old rapper was taken to a hospital in White Plains, New York after the medical event on Friday night, TMZ reported.

TMZ said it learned from sources that the overdose triggered the cardiac arrest and now the rapper is in grave condition.

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While it has not yet been disclosed what Simmons overdosed on, the MC did check himself into a rehab facility back in October 2019. It happened while he was on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of his platinum debut album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, as reported by Rolling Stone.

He also checked in a rehab facility in 2017, as reported by TMZ.

Simmons has been candid throughout his career about his struggles with cocaine addiction. As previously reported by theGrio, he said he was 14 the first time he ever used crack cocaine.

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In a contentious 2013 episode of the OWN series Iyanla: Fix My Life, the rapper told host Iyanla Vanzant about his struggle with substance abuse.

“I will always have a drug problem,” he said. “Just because you stop getting high doesn’t mean you don’t still have the problem, because it’s a constant fight every day.”

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