Gritty US rapper DMX was hospitalized and on life support Saturday after a heart attack, his lawyer Murray Richman told AFP.
“He was hospitalized at 11 o’clock last night at the hospital in White Plains,” the New York suburb where he lives, after suffering “a heart attack,” Richman, who has represented the rapper for 25 years, told AFP.
“As far as I know, he is still on life support,” the lawyer added, saying he was “very worried.”
Richman said he could not confirm a report by entertainment website TMZ that the 50-year-old New Yorker, known for his previous battles with drug addiction, had overdosed.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, reigned over the late 1990s and early 2000s with hits including “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” and “Party Up.”
He has released eight albums, his most recent in 2015, and is among hip-hop’s darkest stars, laying his inner demons out for the masses in hard-driving anthems that gained him commercial and critical acclaim.
He released his debut major-label single “Get At Me Dog” in 1998 with Def Jam, which came off his first studio album “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.”