The Hip Hop community is rallying around DMX following a reported drug overdose.
According to TMZ, the Ruff Ryders legend OD’ed on Friday night (April 2) and went into cardiac arrest. DMX was rushed to a local hospital in White Plains, New York and is currently in critical condition as he fights for his life.
ABC7 spoke to DMX’s attorney Murray Richman who confirmed he had a heart attack and was on life support but wasn’t clear on the drug overdose component.
“I received a call this morning that Earl Simmons was in the hospital, at the White Plains Hospital, and that he had a heart attack,” Richman. “I’m not sure how it was induced and that he’s on life support.”
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) April 3, 2021
DMX has been vocal about his struggles with addiction and mental health over the years. During an interview for the BET documentary The Ruff Ryders Chronicles, the 50-year-old rapper talked about his multiple personalities, albeit reluctantly.
“They’re different things,” he said. “There’s a few things, a few people in me and they get me through life. I wouldn’t want anyone to know anything. I don’t talk about them. You already got me talking about them. Nope. They’re there to get me through life. I don’t know if I made ’em or if God gave ’em to me, or maybe circumstances and situations did.”
In another interview, DMX admitted he was tricked into smoking crack at 14, starting his long path to substance abuse issues.
“A monster was born,” he said of that moment. “I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Especially for someone that you supposedly love. Why would you do that?”
DMX has been to rehab numerous times, most recently in 2019. The veteran artist was seemingly on his road to recovery and planning on releasing his first post-prison album featuring Snoop Dogg, The LOX, Griselda and U2’s Bono sometime this year.
Prayers are pouring in from Eminem, Ja Rule, Killer Mike, Ice Cube, Missy Elliott and more.
Check out the reactions below.
Prayers out 2 @DMX & his family!! True legend!! Pullin 4 u please stay strong!!
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 3, 2021
????????????????????????????????????????????????Prayers up for my brother DMX… ?
— Ja Rule (@jarule) April 3, 2021
Shake back Big Bro. We made plans Maaaan We got shit to do!!! We laughed so hard about how far we've made it in life this night. I appreciate you so much for pulling up & and checking on a ni**a. So now I'm tellin you like you told me…This too shall pass… #PrayersUpForDMX pic.twitter.com/SmvyLv2gUQ
— T.I. (@Tip) April 3, 2021
May God bless the Dog (DMX). Praying for him as I have just heard the terrible news. pic.twitter.com/EZze1zRSK3
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) April 3, 2021
We need X back in the building…please send him your prayers. https://t.co/lSANOZSrs7
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 3, 2021
Prayers for DMX and his family??? pic.twitter.com/NhKIx0aAyj
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 3, 2021
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) April 3, 2021
DMX prayed over me once and I could feel his anointing. I’m praying for his full recovery https://t.co/xVaid2NYqC
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 3, 2021
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 3, 2021
I love DMX SO MUCH ? praying hard for the king ?????????
— SZA (@sza) April 3, 2021
DMX the world is praying ??
— MAXWELL (@_MAXWELL_) April 3, 2021
sending love to DMX ! he is the last rapper to have real lyrics and passion like 2pac DMX is the eastcoast 2pac but they on 2 diff levels both legends – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) April 3, 2021
we not ready to lose DMX, ancestors shield and heal him please
— CJ Fly (@CJFLY_) April 3, 2021
“Let me take your hand, guide me
I'll walk slow, but stay right beside me. Devil's trying to find me
Hide me! Hold up, I take that back
Protect me and give me the strength to fight back” – DMX
— CROOK (@CrookedIntriago) April 3, 2021
In high school, DMX was easily one of my favorite emcees and “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” is without question one of the greatest debuts in hip hop history, and his catalog is a run to absolutely marvel at. An ICON of an artist. Prayers up for the dog DMX. Gotta pull through ??✊?
— Skyzoo (@skyzoo) April 3, 2021
prayers for DMX ??❤️
— Ev-Ah-Din-Sss (@Evidence) April 3, 2021
We love DMX
— LOLA (@GangstaBooQOM) April 3, 2021
big big prayers up for DMX ????????
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 3, 2021
DMX was the first artist i was in an actual studio with.
those nights helped shape me into who i am
put healing energy out there for X
he’s the last of a dying breed
— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) April 3, 2021
??ing for the OG DMX
— MADE-IT (@MikeWiLLMadeIt) April 3, 2021