DMX Hospitalized After Suffering Heart Attack


UPDATED: DMX was hospitalized for a heart attack on Friday night, the rapper’s lawyer, Murray Richman, confirmed to NBC. Richman said DMX is in “grave condition,” but did not disclose what had caused the heart attack.

In a deeply confusing turn of events, Richman appeared on Pix11 News, early Saturday evening saying that DMX has been “taken off the life support system and is breathing on his own” — but a couple of hours later told Rolling Stone he had been given incorrect information and the rapper remains on life support.

The 50-year-old rapper is currently in a hospital in White Plains, N.Y., and is in the critical care unit; Richman has been the only person close to DMX to comment on his condition.

While details have not been confirmed, TMZ reported that DMX overdosed on Friday night at his home around 11 p.m., causing the heart attack. Sources told TMZ that he has “some brain activity,” while others said that he is in a “vegetative state.” A representative for DMX had no official comment on his condition, while another source close to the situation confirmed the basic information in the report to Variety.

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 first came onto the rap scene in the 1990s and released his first album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot,” through Ruff Ryders and Def Jam in 1998. DMX followed his debut with “…And Then There Was X” in 1999, which became his best-selling album and was certified five-time multiplatinum. DMX has released a total of seven studio albums and has earned three Grammy nominations, two for rap solo performance and one for rap album.

DMX most recently faced off against Snoop Dogg in a Verzuz battle in July, which drew an audience of half a million. 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.”