RAPPER DMX remains in a critical condition on Sunday but his family holds out hope he will recover after suffering a heart attack reportedly triggered by a drug overdose.
The 50-year-old’s fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom, and mom, Arnett Simmons, have been allowed into the ICU unit of the New York hospital where he is being treated, TMZ reports.
It adds that several of the rapper’s 15 children have also arrived at the White Plains hospital hoping to see their father.
TMZ states that the New York native, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is in a “vegetative state” with little brain function and remains unresponsive to visitors.
One insider told the publication “it’s not looking good” even as the family keeps a vigil by his side.
DMX’s lawyer said on Saturday that the prolific hip-hop artist was rushed to hospital on Friday night yet would not confirm if the heart attack was caused by an overdose.
Attorney Murray Richman initially told reporters yesterday that the 50-year-old was breathing on his own but later retracted that statement saying he had been given “the wrong information.”
DMX’s team then released a statement saying: “Last night Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home.
“At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. Earl has been a warrior his entire life.
“This situation represents yet another road he must conquer,” it continued.
“The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support, and prayers for Earl.
“Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world.
“It is reassuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need.”
t was reported today that DMX’s brain was starved of oxygen for 30 minutes as paramedics tried to save him following the alleged drug overdose.
According to the TMZ report, doctors told relatives that the lack of oxygen has severely impacted the rapper’s brain.
DMX, often hailed as one of NY’s most prolific rap artists, reportedly almost died from an overdose five years ago and spiraled into drug addiction after being given crack when he was 14.
In 2016, Page Six reported DMX stopped breathing and had no pulse after suffering a drug overdose in a Westchester, New York parking lot.
A medic on hand administered Narcan, an anti-opioid used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, according to police.
The rapper became “semiconscious” and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he received treatment.