RAPPER DMX will undergo brain tests today after suffering multiple heart attacks.
The 50-year-old star, real name Earl Simmons, is said to be in a vegetative state on life support after suffering three heart attacks during a drug overdose last Friday, according to reports.
His manager and founder of Loud Records Steve Rifkind confirmed that the 50-year-old’s condition remains unchanged as the family hold out hope.
Doctors will perform tests on Wednesday on DMX’s level of brain function, which could be critical in determining his chance of recovery.
“DMX is currently on life support and in a coma. There are multiple people with inaccurate information about his well-being and it is not helpful and productive,” Rifkind told NBC News on Tuesday night.
“Tomorrow he will undergo further tests on his brain function and his family will determine what’s best from there,” he added.
Members of his family were able to visit with him on Tuesday night after hundreds gathered outside the hospital in White Plain, New York, where he has been treated since Friday night.
Read our DMX live blog below for the latest news and health updates…
WHAT IS A VEGETATIVE STATE?
- A vegetative state is absence of responsiveness and awareness.
- It occurs when the cerebrum – the part of the brain that controls thought and behaviour – no longer functions.
- Some patients who have entered a vegetative state go on to regain a degree of awareness.
- Patients in a vegetative state show no evidence of awareness of self or environment and cannot interact with other people.
‘SOME BRAIN ACTIVITY’ – HOPES FOR DMX
TMZ had reported that the “Where the Hood At” rapper was in a critical condition after an overdose at his home.
A source told TMZ he was in a “vegetative state,” while another claimed the Harlem-born musician has “some brain activity.”
However, his attorney Murray Richman would not confirm to TMZ that the heart attack had been caused by an overdose.
“I refuse to vouch for that because I have no personal knowledge,” Richman said.
‘SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES’ SUFFERED BY DMX
DMX’s family, in a statement widely reported in celebrity media, said he was rushed on Friday, April 2, to a hospital roughly 30 miles (48 km) north of New York City after “facing serious health issues.”
Known to his fans by his stage name DMX or Dark Man X, Earl Simmons was reported to be on life support on Monday, according to RollingStone.
Celebrity publications TMZ and Billboard reported over the weekend that Simmons, who has had a public history of substance abuse, was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home.
FAMILY HOLDS OUT HOPE FOR DMX
Fifty-year-old star DMX, real name Earl Simmons, is said to be in a vegetative state on life support after suffering three heart attacks during a drug overdose last Friday, according to reports.
His manager and founder of Loud Records Steve Rifkind confirmed that the musician’s condition remains unchanged as the family holds out hope.
BRAIN FUNCTION TESTS ORGANISED FOR DMX
Steve Rifkind, the founder of Loud Records and DMX’s manager, has told NBC in New York that the 50-year-old’s condition is unchanged.
Doctors at the White Plains, New York, hospital will perform tests to determine the level of his brain function.
Results from Wednesday’s tests could be critical in determining DMX’s health outcome, according to Rifkind.
He told the broadcaster: “DMX is currently on life support and in a coma.
“There are multiple people with inaccurate information about his well-being and it is not helpful and productive. Tomorrow he will undergo further tests on his brain function and his family will determine what’s best from there.”
PRAYER VIGIL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR HOSPITALISED STAR
Fans of rapper DMX announced a prayer vigil to be held on Monday outside a suburban New York hospital.
This was organised just days after reports the musician and actor suffered a heart attack during a possible drug overdose.
“Prayer for DMX” was set for 5pm EDT in front of White Plains Hospital, said supporters using the hashtag #PrayerForDMX.
A hospital spokeswoman declined to release his condition or even confirm to Reuters that DMX, 50, who was born Earl Simmons, was a patient there, citing privacy laws.
Friends, family and fans have been praying for DMX
DMX ‘OPEN ABOUT DRUG STRUGGLES’
The musician has been open about his struggles with illegal drug use and has spoken about entering rehab in 2019 after serving time in federal prison on a tax fraud conviction, reports news agency Reuters.
It added: “A Manhattan federal court found that he failed to pay $1.7 million in taxes from 2000 to 2005, by shifting money among accounts belonging to managers and associates.”
Rapper and actor DMX was seen on video dancing along to The Jackson 5’s Heartbreak Hotel just days before he landed in the hospital due to a reported drug overdose-induced heart attack.
In an Instagram posted by his fiance Desiree Lindstrom, DMX is seen driving while jamming out to The Jackson 5’s This Place Hotel (a.k.a. Heartbreak Hotel).
“I promised I would never ever be returnin'” is the lyric that plays just as DMX turns to the camera and nods his head.
Lindstrom, the mother of DMX’s five-year-old son Exodus, then turns the camera to herself just as DMX is heard off-camera belting out the rest of the song’s lyrics.
“He talking about record us rocking lol he too funny!!!” Lindstrom captioned the video, which she posted on Wednesday.
This photo of Lindstrom and DMX received hundreds of comments from fans of the rapper wishing him the best
DMX STILL IN NEW YORK HOSPITAL
Popular rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known to his fans by the stage name DMX or Dark Man X, was reported in grave condition in a New York hospital.
It’s been reported that the star suffered a heart attack triggered by an apparent drug overdose, according to celebrity publications TMZ and Billboard.
The publications reported that Simmons, 50, who has had a public history of substance abuse, was rushed to a White Plains, New York, hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home about 11 pm Friday, April 2.
RAPPER STILL IN COMA
Another recent email has confirmed that the rapper is still in a coma and was currently using a ventilator.
The singer, Earl Simmons, has been a fixture in the music world since the 1990s.
His debut album in 1998 “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” was listed as number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the US and sold more than five million copies.
Along with his rap career, Simmons has starred in such films as the 1998 crime drama Belly, the 2000 action movie Romeo Must Die, and the 2003 heist film Cradle 2 the Grave.
Ruff Riders put on a display of support for DMX
‘SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES’
The rapper’s supporters have requested that fellow fans keep DMX – real name Earl Simmons – in their “thoughts, wishes and prayers”.
In an email seen by Associated Press, the family said: “On Friday night, April 2nd, 2021, our brother, son, father and colleague DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, was admitted to White plains (NY) Hospital, facing serious health issues.
“We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes and prayers as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges.”
VIGIL HELD FOR DMX IN NEW YORK
DMX fans have held a vigil outside the New York hospital as the rapper remained on life support after “his overdose triggered a heart attack”.
The family of the rapper said in an email last Sunday that the vigil would be held outside White Plains Hospital in New York at 5pm.
DMX is currently in hospital on life support
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