American rapper, DMX has been hospitalized after suffering a drug overdose, reports say.
According to TMZ, DMX overdosed on Friday night at his home around 11 p.m., which caused a heart attack. The 50-year-old rapper is currently in a hospital in White Plains, N.Y., and is in the critical care unit. Sources told TMZ that he has “some brain activity,” while others said that he is in a “vegetative state.”
DMX has been open about his past struggles with addiction, and has attended rehab several times. In 2019, he canceled a series of live performances and checked into rehab for substance abuse after serving a year-long jail sentence for tax fraud and evasion earlier that year.
DMX – real name Earl Simmons – is one of the biggest rap stars to have emerged from the 1990s.
In the US, his first five albums, including the 1998 debut “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot”, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
The rapper has also appeared in numerous films, including action thrillers “Romeo Must Die” (2000), “Exit Wounds” (2001) and “Cradle 2 the Grave” (2003).
DMX has previously spoken about his addiction to crack cocaine, which he said began when he was 14. He has been in and out of rehab over the years, the most recent time occurring in 2019 when he checked himself in.
In September 2019, he reunited with Def Jam and announced that he had signed a new record deal with them, marking his first time working with the label since his 2003 album “Grand Champ.”
DMX most recently faced off against Snoop Dogg in a Verzuz battle in July, which drew an audience of half a million.