DMX has been hospitalized in New York following an apparent drug overdose, according to published reports.
The 50-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, reportedly overdosed Friday night and suffered a heart attack, TMZ reported.
The website said DMX was found at his home around 11 p.m. local time. He was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York, where he remains in the critical care unit.
In a Saturday afternoon interview, DMX’s lawyer told Page Six the hip-hop star is on life support. “It does not look good,” attorney Murray Richman said. “A lot of people are gathering at the hospital.”
The “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” hitmaker has been open in the past about his struggles with substance abuse.
In addition to his music career, DMX had roles in several films, including Belly (1998), Romeo Must Die (2000), Exit Wounds (2001) and Cradle 2 the Grave (2003).
In 2006, he also starred in the reality series DMX: Soul of a Man, which aired on BET. Last summer, BET aired a docuseries on the Ruff Ryders. In one episode, DMX talked about his tough childhood, not having his father around and his mother leaving him at a group home for troubled kids.
“She just left,” DMX said as his eyes filled with tears. “Right then and there, I learned to just put away, conceal, bury, whatever bothered me.”
As news spread about his health crisis, other music stars took to social media to share their support, including Ruff Ryders collaborator, Swizz Beatz, and rapper Missy Elliott.
“Prayers for DMX and his family,” Elliott tweeted Saturday morning along with a picture of DMX praying.
Added Swizz Beatz on Twitter, “Let’s keep the positive vibrations & prayers high for my brother. Thank you.”
DMX took part in a Verzuz battle against Snoop Dogg in July. At the time, the “Party Up” rapper appeared happy, healthy and shared stories about his life and his hit songs.