DMX has been hospitalized after suffering an apparent drug overdose on the evening of Friday, April 2, as TMZ reports. The rapper reportedly experienced a heart attack after the alleged overdose occurred and was taken to a hospital in White Plains, New York, where he is reportedly in the critical care unit.
According to TMZ, the rapper has “some brain activity”, but the source described him as being in a “vegetative state”.
Following the news, figures from the world of rap, including Missy Elliott and Rick Ross, led “prayers” to the star.
DMX – real name Earl Simmons – is one of the biggest rap stars to have emerged from the 1990s.
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.
At the time, DMX’s team released a statement reading: “In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility.
But as of late, it seemed as though DMX had turned his life around and was doing well.
During the pandemic of 2020, DMX has taken to social media to share the good news of the Bible. The rapper took to Instagram Live and hosted a virtual Bible study. The only notice he gave was a very vague video announcement earlier that day where he said he had “something personal to share.” Many wondered if it was bad news since a lot of us only know the DMX whose very public battle with substance abuse, domestic disputes, dogfighting, and numerous run-ins with police were on display constantly in the news.
But during DMX’s Friday live session on Instagram, he went through scriptures in the bible in hopes to share God’s good news and help people deal with the uncertain times of this coronavirus pandemic. One particular piece of his bible study X was going through the book of Ecclesiastes 3. It was during this section that he spoke about “a time being for everything” happening right now, even social distancing.
A number of fans who were viewing the live commented on how sober, clean and clear the rapper looked while speaking. It’s something many fans haven’t seen in awhile. I must admit, X seemed authentic and real without being over-the-top or preachy.
“I say miracles only happen on the platform of tragedy. If there’s not a difficult situation, and if there’s not a situation where you can’t see you possibly getting through on your own then where’s the potential for the miracle?
“If it wasn’t that difficult than it would be just another situation that you got through with a little bit of time, but because it was something bigger than you, something that you know took more than you to get you through; It’s not that God made these things happen but what I’m saying is that He allowed those things to happen, just so you know what He’s willing to do for you.”
“When you fall down, get back up. Everyone here has been through some s***, and you never know what God is willing to do for you until you need him to do something for you,” he told fans during 2019 show.
We pray that X pulls through and comes out better than before, in Jesus name.