Rapper DMX ‘off life support following heart attack’

American rapper, DMX, palying the first of two nights at the Amsbassador Theatre in O'Connell Street, Dublin.
American rapper, DMX, palying the first of two nights at the Amsbassador Theatre in O'Connell Street, Dublin.

Rapper DMX has been taken off life support after suffering a heart attack, his lawyer has said.

Murray Richman told US media he remained “concerned” about the 50-year-old whose real name is Earl Simmons.

“DMX is in the hospital presently, he’s been in the hospital as the result of a heart attack,” Richman told New York’s PIX11 News in a video tweeted by the network.

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DMX rose to hip hop’s heights during the 1990s in New York (Yui Mok/PA)

“He has been taken off the life-support system and is breathing on his own. But we are concerned.

“It would be disingenuous of me to suggest that I’m not a worried man at this particular point.”

The Yonkers, New York-raised DMX was signed by Columbia Records in 1992 and has collaborated with Jay-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J as well as acting in films including Romeo Must Die and Cradle 2 the Grave.

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The American rapper has battled health issues throughout his life (Haydn West/PA)

He suffered bronchial asthma as a child and has admitted to previous health problems including being addicted to crack cocaine.

He was resuscitated and taken to hospital in February 2016 after being found unresponsive in a hotel parking lot in Yonkers, an incident he later said was due to an asthma attack.

TMZ reported the latest hospitalisation was due to a drug overdose but Richman told US media he did not know if this was the case.

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