The rapper DMX, "very serious" hospitalized after suffering a heart attack
The New York rapper DMX was hospitalized Friday night after suffering a heart attack and remained in critical condition on Saturday, according to his attorney Murray Richman.
"He was hospitalized at 11:00 PM yesterday at the hospital in White Plains," a city near New York where he lives, after suffering "a heart attack," said Richman, who has represented the rapper for 25 years.
"As far as I know, he is still on assisted breathing," added the lawyer, who said he was "very concerned."
The lawyer pointed out that he could not confirm the information from the specialized site TMZ according to which the 50-year-old rapper from New York, known for his problems with drugs, had suffered an overdose.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was in rehab in 2019, according to TMZ.
It had its heyday in the late 90s and early 2000s, with hits like "X Gon 'Give It To Ya" and "Party Up."
Author of eight albums, the last in 2015, DMX is one of the darkest figures in hip-hop, exposing his inner demons in songs that have earned him commercial and critical success.
His first big single, "Get At Me Dog", with the collaboration of Def Jam, was released in 1998, taken from his first studio album, "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot".
The album rose to number 1 on the Billboard charts, with a second hit, "Ruff Ryders Anthem," which marked the beginning of a commercial success that would last for several years.
Throughout his career, he has had frequent run-ins with the law, with charges of drug possession, cruelty to animals, reckless driving, non-payment of child support, and impersonation of a federal agent.
In November 2017, he pleaded guilty to tax evasion, admitting to having evaded paying $ 1.7 million in taxes. He was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered the restitution of about $ 2.3 million.