Rapper DMX, whose hit “Party Up (Up in Here)” served as a staple at clubs in the early 2000s, reportedly suffered a drug overdose on Friday, April 2, and things are said to not be in his favor.
Sources close to the hip-hop icon, whose real name is Earl Simmons, claimed that the overdose occurred at his home around 11 p.m. and allegedly triggered a heart attack.
According to multiple reports, the 50-year-old was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, N.Y., though representatives could not provide additional information regarding his condition. OK! has reached out for comment.
However, a source said that DMX has “some brain activity,” while another claimed that he is in a “vegetative state.” According to TMZ, who broke the news of DMX’s overdose, doctors have cautioned he may not make it.
Following the news, multiple celebrities took to Twitter to send prayers and well wishes to the rapper.
Gabrielle Union wrote, “Please pray, send healing energy, whatever positive vibes you can for #DMX,” adding prayer hands emojis and numerous hearts.
DMX has struggled with addiction through the years and most recently went to rehab in 2019. He claimed that his addiction to crack cocaine began when he was 14 years after he was given a laced blunt by someone he looked up to as an “older brother.”
“I hit the blunt and … I was no longer focused on the money,” he previously explained. “I’ve never felt like this, it just f**ked me up. I later found out that he laced the blunt with crack. Why would you do that to a child? He knew I looked up to him. Why would you do that to somebody who looks up to you? A monster was born. I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy. Especially to someone that you supposedly love.”
His album … And Then There Was X was nominated for the Best Rap Album Grammy Award in 2001 along with his single “Party Up (Up In Here).” He was again nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2002 for “Who We Be.”
The rapper last took to Instagram on March 24, promoting tour merch.