Rapper DMX reportedly in 'vegetative state' following OD, children fly in as latest prognosis 'not looking good'
'The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl'
Grammy-nominated rapper DMX Simmons aka Earl Simmons was rushed to the hospital on Friday, April 2 after he had collapsed at his home and on Sunday, April 4, it was reported that his health has taken a turn for the worse as he continues to be treated in the ICU. His children are now flying to see him.
A statement from Simmons' representative said, "Last night Earl 'DMX' Simmons was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home. At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. Earl has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer."
The representative then added, "The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl. Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world. It is reassuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need."
According to a report in TMZ, a source close to the family informed that the kids are flying in as the prognosis doesn't seem too good at the moment. A family member also revealed that Simmons was deprived of oxygen for almost 30 minutes — which was how long it took Simmons to be resuscitated by the paramedics. A member of the family explained that the doctors told the family the lack of oxygen severely impacted X's brain. One family source said, "It's not looking good."
Sources also reportedly revealed that Simmons' OD had occurred while at home and this had then triggered a heart attack. DMX was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York and initial reports stated that the rapper had "some brain activity" while there were others that claimed that he's in a "vegetative state".
This news had resulted in many starting a trend on Twitter posting RIP messages for the rapper even right after news that Simmons had been taken off of life support had surfaced. It must be noted that Simmons has been struggling with substance abuse for years now and he has also been to the rehab several times.
Considered as the Ruff Ryders label, his most recent stint at the rehab happened right after he served a one-year sentence for tax evasion. Apparently, at this time he had reportedly felt that he might fall off the wagon again and so he had ended up checking himself into the rehab to avoid falling prey to any form of temptations that were creeping up on him.
Hakkassan in Las Vegas was where the rapper returned in 2019. At this time, he had told fans "When you fall down, get back up, everyone here has been through some s**t and you never know what God is willing to do for you until you need him to do something for you."
He had last performed in July 2020 where he had taken part in a Verzuz battle opposite Snoop Dogg and this had welcomed a viewership of over 500,000.