American rapper DMX was hospitalized on Saturday night after falling ill, said his lawyer from New York, Murray Richman.
“He had a heart attack. He’s pretty sick,” Richman said.
Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX, 50, overdosed on drugs and was unsure what caused the heart attack.
“I’m very sad about it, very sad. He’s like my son,” Richman said.
“He’s just a great person, a great entertainer, a great person. And so much to offer, so much to say. Not the perfect rapper. A man with great depth.”
Earlier reports reported that the DMX, 50, was life-supporting, but Richman told Pix11 he would later breathe on his own.
DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, had five U.S. albums number 1, including hip-hop anthems like Party Up (Up in Here), What’s My Name and X Gon ‘Give It to Ya. His first two albums They came out of each other in 1998, each of them platinum-rich and critically acclaimed for bringing gothic darkness to an increasingly glittering rap scene.
The rapper had four more album charts including And Then There Was X; My flesh flesh, blood blood; The Great Depression; And a great champion. He has released seven albums and won three Grammy nominations.
He began a acting career in 1998 in the crime drama Belly, alongside hip-hop stars including Nas and Method Man. While specializing in crime thrillers, he took a lead role alongside Stephen Siegel in Exit Wounds (2000) and another one with Jet Lee for Cradle 2 Tomb (2003).
Over the years DMX has struggled with drug use. The rapper canceled a series of shows to test himself at a rehab facility in 2019. In an Instagram post, his team said he apologized for the canceled shows and thanked his fans for continuing to support.
In 2015 he was sentenced to six months in prison for non-payment of child support. Simmons has 15 children. The latest, Exodus, was born in 2016.
In 2018 ran a one-year sentence for tax evasion.
Last year, DMX competed against Snoop Dogg in the Battle of Verzuz, which attracted more than 500,000 viewers.
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