Rapper DMX ‘is in a vegetative state in hospital after 50-year-old suffered a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose’

Rapper DMX has been admitted to the hospital after reportedly suffering a drug overdose at his home.

The 50-year-old rap artist, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is said to be in a ‘vegetative state’ after purportedly suffering a heart attack brought on by the OD, TMZ reported Saturday.

Sources told the tabloid DMX overdosed around 11pm Friday and was rushed to the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he is now in critical care.

His exact condition is unclear, but doctors reportedly fear he may not pull through, according to the outlet. One source however, described the rapper as having ‘some brain activity.’

DMX, who is considered one of the biggest artists of the 90s and early 2000s rap era, has been known to battle substance abuse and has checked into rehab several times over the years.

His last known stint was in October 2019, ten months after his release from prison, but was seen back on stage just two months later.

The rapper is not known to have shown any signs of a potential relapse since, and he was photographed at a public event as recently as February.

In January 2019 he was released from a West Virginia federal prison after serving a year behind bars for tax fraud.

He pleaded guilty in November 2017 to evading $1.7million in US tax payments between 2002 and 2005. On top of jail time, the Internal Revenue Service ordered him to pay $2.3million in restitution.

Prosecutors said the star had dodged taxes by living on cash, without maintaining a bank account or filing required tax returns to the IRS.

The native of Yonkers, a suburb of New York, was ordered to be under supervised release for three years.

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Source: Daily Mail