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.
“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.
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.