DMX's Family to Hold Prayer Vigil Amid Hospitalization

The family of DMX is holding a prayer vigil for the rapper, who is currently on life support in New York after suffering a heart attack.

In a Sunday email obtained by The Associated Press, the hip-hop musician’s family said the vigil will be held outside White Plains Hospital at 5 p.m. on Monday.

“On Friday night, April 2nd, 2021, our brother, son, father, and colleague DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, was admitted to White Plains (NY) 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.”

On Sunday afternoon, DMX’s longtime lawyer Murray Richman confirmed to The AP that the artist was admitted to the intensive care unit on Friday night after suffering a heart attack at his home around 11 p.m. local time.

Richman added to NBC News that upon being admitted, DMX had to be resuscitated and was put on life support.

Although TMZ wrote that DMX had suffered a reported drug overdose that triggered the heart event, Richman did not confirm this and said he was unsure as to what caused the heart attack.

As of Sunday afternoon, Richmond said the rapper remained in a coma and was on a ventilator.

That day, DMX’s former manager Nakia Walker told The New York Times that DMX is in a “vegetative state.”

“We’re just praying,” Walker added.

Richman also spoke to The Times and acknowledged that DMX had lived a “difficult life.”

“He expressed the pain and suffering in a very unique way,” Richman said. “He truly is reflective of a whole segment of our society whose pain and suffering go unrecorded.”

On Sunday afternoon, a group of motorcyclists who associate themselves with DMX's famous rap collective, Ruff Ryders, gathered outside White Plains Hospital to show support for the rapper.

Our thoughts are with DMX’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.


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