DMX’s manager says rapper’s on life support in coma, clarifies ‘inaccurate information’ about his health

Jacob Stolworthy
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DMX’s manager has cleared up “inaccurate information” regarding the rapper’s health.

Steve Rifkind acknowledged the numerous reports circulating regarding the 50-year-old, who suffered a heart attack at his home on Friday (2 April).

In a statement released on Tuesday (6 April), Rifkind said that DMX – real name Earl Simmons – is in a coma and remains on life support.

Rifkind added that the 50-year-old will be undergoing brain tests Wednesday (7 April), which will determine the status of his health.

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"DMX is currently on life support and in a coma,” Rifkind said. “There are multiple people with inaccurate information about his well-being and it is not helpful and productive.”

He added: “Tomorrow (7 April), he will undergo further tests on his brain function and his family will determine what’s best from there. We appreciate your prayers and support."

DMX is on life support in a coma after suffering a heart attackGetty Images
DMX is on life support in a coma after suffering a heart attackGetty Images

Initial reports claimed that an overdose triggered the heart attack that has left the rapper on life support.

After news broke that DMX was in a “vegetative state”, the rapper’s attorney updated fans on his wellbeing, saying that he was breathing on his own.

Previously, DMX had been open about his use of illegal drugs and has spoken about entering rehab in 2019 after serving time in federal prison on a tax fraud conviction.

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“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologises for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support,” said a statement at the time.

After checking out of rehab in December 2019, the rapper told fans during a concert in Las Vegas: “When you fall down, get back up. Everyone here has been through some s***, and you never know what God is willing to do for you until you need him to do something for you.”

DMX was hugely influential in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, which peaked at No 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. 

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