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Although it was initially reported by some outlets that he had been taken off life support, his attorney Murray Richman later said he was misinformed, confirming he was still in 'grave condition' after suffering a heart attack at home at around 11pm on Friday 2 April.
Richman told WABC: "I received a call this morning that Earl Simmons was in the hospital, at the White Plains Hospital, and that he had had a heart attack, and I'm not sure how it was induced and that he's on life support.
"I've spoken to the family and the family and I are quite close with each other. I am concerned about his well-being and mindful of his significance. I have known Earl for over 25 years and I believe that his music is quite poignant, very important. He's truly a poet of our time."
As reported by NBC, Mr Richman said: "Earl is a sweet guy. Earl was a person who could tell such a story. He was a person with such depth. It's a heartbreaker."
In a video tweeted earlier by New York's PIX11 News, Mr Richman said: "DMX is in the hospital presently, he's been in the hospital as the result of a heart attack."
He added: "It would be disingenuous of me to suggest that I'm not a worried man at this particular point."
The 50-year-old was taken to a White Plains hospital on Friday night (2 April), as reported by Billboard.
According to the publication, his reps confirmed the news, but couldn't provide any further information on why he was taken.
His first five albums cemented him as rap royalty in the US, with all of them, including his 1998 debut It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
He's also had some big screen appearances, having had parts in Romeo Must Die (2000), Exit Wounds (2001) and Cradle 2 the Grave (2003).
There has been an outpouring of support for the artist on Twitter, with music industry heavyweights and celebrities sharing their thoughts with fans.
Prayers out 2 @DMX & his family!! True legend!! Pullin 4 u please stay strong!!
- Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 3, 2021
I love DMX SO MUCH :persevere: praying hard for the king :pray::pray::pray::pray:
- SZA (@sza) April 3, 2021
Prayers for DMX and his family:pray::purple_heart: pic.twitter.com/NhKIx0aAyj
- Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 3, 2021
In 2019, DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, finished serving a one-year sentence for federal tax evasion and was released from a prison in West Virginia.
He then went on to cancel a series of live shows when he announced he had checked himself into a rehab facility.
A short statement was posted on his official Instagram at the time.
It read: "In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support."
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