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Rapper DMX on life support in N.Y. hospital

Rapper DMX on life support in N.Y. hospital
Rapper and actor DMX has been hospitalized in New York. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI | License Photo

April 3 (UPI) -- Rapper DMX has been hospitalized in New York after a medical emergency, his representatives said Saturday.

TMZ reported that the hip-hop star and occasional actor -- born Earl Simmons -- suffered a drug overdose that triggered a heart attack at his home Friday night.

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The 50-year-old entertainer was transported from his house to a White Plains hospital where he was being treated in the critical care unit.

His lawyer, Murray Richman, told NBC News Simmons was on life support and not breathing on his own Saturday.

Simmons' representatives also confirmed his hospitalization to Billboard.

"Prayers for DMX and his family," rapper and actress Missy Elliott wrote on Twitter Saturday.

"Please pray, send healing energy, whatever positive vibes you can for #DMX," actress Gabrielle Union tweeted.

Simmons -- a three-time Grammy nominee -- has been candid about his battle with substance abuse over the years. He last sought help at rehab in 2019, following a yearlong prison sentence for federal tax evasion in West Virginia.

He is the winner of two American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and his film credits include Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave and Last Hour. He also starred in the docu-series, DMX: Soul of a Man, and penned the memoir, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.

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