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    Media reports claim that a drug overdose may have triggered the current condition. The rapper, indeed, has battled drug issues in the past: in 2016, DMX was taken to hospital after he was found unconscious in a parking lot. Back then, the musician said he had suffered an asthma attack.

    Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is now in "grave" condition after suffering a heart attack, TMZ reported on Saturday.

    Unnamed sources told the outlet that the musician is in a "vegetative state" now, fearing the worst. The same sources also claimed that the actual cause of Simmons' hospitalization was a drug overdose.

    Representatives for DMX confirmed to Billboard that the rapper was taken to a hospital in White Plains, New York, on Friday, and is now being treated at a critical care unit. However, they refused to provide any other details, including the cause of his condition.

    DMX's lawyer, Murray Richman, told NBC News that the health workers had to "resuscitate" the musician after the incident, but as of now, he has been taken off life support and is breathing on his own, adding that there is "a little brain activity."

    "Earl is a sweet guy," Richman said. "Earl was a person who could tell such a story. He was a person with such depth. It’s a heartbreaker."

    Following media reports about DMX in hospital, celebrities and other musicians took to social media to express support for the rapper, including Eminem.

    ​DMX has confessed to suffering from drug addiction in the past, leading him to go through several rehabilitations. The latest one reportedly was in 2019, after the musician finished his 12-month sentence for tax evasion.

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