DMX's family to hold prayer vigil outside New York hospital

Rapper, born Earl Simmons, seriously ill in White Plains hospital after being taken there following heart attack

A prayer vigil was planned for Monday outside the New York hospital where the rapper DMX remained on life support following a heart attack.

The family of the rapper said on Sunday the vigil would be held outside White Plains hospital at 5pm.

“On Friday night … our brother, son, father, and colleague DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, was admitted to White Plains hospital, facing serious health issues,” the family said through a publicist.

“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.”

Simmons, 50, was admitted to intensive care in White Plains, 10 miles north of New York City, after going into cardiac arrest, according to his lawyer, Murray Richman.

The family said he remained in a coma and was on a ventilator. Nakia Walker, Simmons’ former manager, told BuzzFeed the rapper was in a “vegetative state” with “lung and brain failure”.

Richman said he could not confirm reports that Simmons, 50, overdosed on drugs, and said he was not sure what caused the heart attack.

Simmons was one of America’s most successful rappers of the late 1990s, but has battled with substance abuse. In 2019, he canceled a series of shows to check himself into a rehabilitation facility.

Simmons made his breakthrough in 1998 with his first studio album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, which debuted at No1 on the Billboard 200. The multiplatinum selling album was anchored by several hits including Ruff Ryders’ Anthem, Get at Me Dog and Stop Being Greedy.

The rapper had four other chart-topping albums: ... And Then There Was X, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, The Great Depression and Grand Champ. He has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.

Simmons also branched into acting, appearing in the 1998 film Belly and Romeo Must Die with Jet Li and the late singer Aaliyah.

In July 2020 Simmons faced off against Snoop Dogg in a rap battle on the Verzuz online platform which drew more than 500,000 viewers.


Adam Gabbatt in New York and agencies

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Rapper DMX found unconscious in hotel car park and resuscitated
Ruff Ryders’ Anthem star had asthma attack in Yonkers, New York, a representative said, but another source blames drug overdose

Guardian music

10, Feb, 2016 @10:12 AM

Article image
DMX posthumous album Exodus due for release in May
Producer friend Swizz Beatz completed the final work by the record-breaking rapper, who died in April

Laura Snapes

11, May, 2021 @8:59 AM

Article image
Rapper DMX arrested over $1.7m tax evasion charge
Earl Simmons, who scored No 1 albums in the US as DMX, is accused of a ‘multi-year tax’ evasion scheme, following a string of other criminal offences

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

14, Jul, 2017 @8:35 AM

Article image
Rapper DMX jailed for a year over tax evasion
The once successful rapper is returning to prison, having previously been jailed for drugs possession, failure to pay child support and more

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

29, Mar, 2018 @9:39 AM

Article image
Kanye West's travails help hip-hop open up on mental health
A number of high profile cases have meant the macho music genre is increasingly keeping it real about mental illness

Hannah Ellis-Petersen Culture reporter

25, Nov, 2016 @2:35 PM

Article image
Swizz Beatz linked to Megaupload shutdown
Rapper and producer may be questioned by FBI over alleged role as CEO of filesharing website

Sean Michaels

23, Jan, 2012 @12:31 PM

Article image
DMX: Exodus review – a bold and bleak posthumous finale
The New York rapper, who died in April, is strong and unsettling over grimy, atonal production, with guest turns from Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Bono

Alexis Petridis

27, May, 2021 @12:24 PM

Article image
DMX, Woodstock '99: a landmark for rap and American realism
The rapper could have faced hostility at the overheated, febrile festival but capitalised on one of rap’s biggest ever audiences with a show of awesome power

Thomas Hobbs

12, Aug, 2020 @1:00 PM

Article image
Swizz Beatz: ‘DMX was a hero. He would give clothes off his back to the homeless’
The superproducer is married to Alicia Keys and has made hits for Jay-Z and Beyoncé – but his current role is custodian of DMX’s legacy. He explains the particular power of the late rapper

Dean Van Nguyen

01, Jun, 2021 @3:49 PM

Article image
DMX's powerful work confronted an American hell of trauma and poverty
The rapper, who has died aged 50, parlayed his life’s difficulties into thrilling, combative, witheringly witty music

Thomas Hobbs

10, Apr, 2021 @11:25 AM