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Prayer vigil planned for stricken rapper DMX

Published:Monday | April 5, 2021 | 9:11 AM
Rapper DMX remains on life support following a heart attack.
Rapper DMX remains on life support following a heart attack.

WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP):

A prayer vigil is planned for today outside the suburban New York hospital where rapper DMX remained on life support Sunday following a heart attack.

In an email, Sunday, the rapper's family said that the vigil would be held outside White Plains Hospital at 5 p.m.

"On Friday night, April 2nd, 2021, our brother, son, father, and colleague DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, was admitted to White Plains (NY) Hospital, facing serious health issues," the family said through a publicist. "We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes, and prayers as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges."

Another statement released Sunday afternoon said the rapper remained in a coma and was on a ventilator.

Simmons' long-time lawyer, Murray Richman, said the rapper was admitted to the intensive care unit at White Plains Hospital after going into cardiac arrest. Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX, 50, overdosed on drugs and was unsure what caused the heart attack.

DMX 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. The multiplatinum-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 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. The rapper cancelled a series of shows to check himself into a rehabilitation facility in 2019. In an Instagram post, his team 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.