Rapper DMX has been hospitalized and is in grave condition following an overdose-induced heart attack, TMZ reports.
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The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, reportedly suffered a drug overdose on Friday night and was rushed to a White Plains, New York, hospital, where he was placed in a critical care unit.
Sources told the outlet that Simmons’ overdose triggered a heart attack.
One source told the outlet that Simmons, 50, has “some brain activity,” but the a second source insisted that the longtime rapper is in a “vegetative state” and he may not live.
The rapper, who has battled drug addiction over the years, previously checked himself into a drug rehab in 2019 to keep on top of his sobriety.
“DMX made his return to the stage following rehab in December 2019 the he hit Hakkasan in Las Vegas, chatting it up and taking photos with fans before he hit the stage,” TMZ reported. “During the Vegas show, he took a moment to tell fans, ‘When you fall down, get back up, everyone here has been through some s*** and you never know what God is willing to do for you until you need him to do something for you.'”
In 2020, Simmons held an online Bible study, where he implored watchers to accept Jesus Christ as their savior during a virtual altar call. More than 14,000 social media users watched Simmons’ livestream at the time.
During the study, Simmons cited Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
He also encouraged people to turn to Jesus amid the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown.
“God is giving you the time,” he said. “He’s giving you the time to get closer to Him, to become familiar with Him. At the end of the day, at the beginning of the day, it’s going to be God’s will. If you try to understand why He does what He does, you’re just going to end up with a headache. Just do the right thing.”
Simmons added, “The word says my people perish for lack of knowledge. Perish is not always dying. It’s being lost, not being found, not being able to be found.”
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