Hip-hop star DMX was rushed to the hospital on Monday night after his breath stopped temporarily. He is alleged to have suffered a drug overdose. According to TMZ, the 45-year-old hip-hop star was at the brink of death and required CPR after losing his pulse.
Representatives of the “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” hitmaker had claimed that he suffered an asthma attack, but the signs have indicated otherwise. According to the reports, Yonkers cops were responding to the call about a comatose male at a Ramada Inn just past 6 p.m. when they encountered DMX.
When the police arrived on the scene, DMX was lying on ground next to a parked car in the parking lot. The paramedics successfully administered CPR immediately after determining that he was lifeless and not breathing, without any pulse. DMX’s pulses returned after about a minute’s effort from the cops.
As reported to the police by a witness on the scene, DMX appeared to have consumed some sort of powder before falling unconsciousness. The police administered the anti-opioid medication Narcan at the scene, which is essentially an antidote to narcotic ODs.
After the primary treatment on the field, DMX became “semi-conscious” and was immediately taken to the hospital. According to the latest reports, DMX’s condition is stable and no criminal charges are expected as of now.
The latest health scare caps off what has been a turbulent few months for the rapper. In July, 2015, the rapper was sentenced to six months in jail after he failed to pay $400,000 (£256,000) in child support.
DMX, an actor and rapper with a net worth of negative $10 million dollars, has had quite a few run-ins with the law. However, his only other stint in jail was back in 2010, when he served seven months in jail for several drug-related probation violations in Arizona. He was held on the charges of drug and animal cruelty in 2008.
DMX filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013 in New York. The papers from the court showed that he had less than $50,000 in possessions and the debt showed to be somewhere between $1 million and $10 million range.
The rapper’s attorney had released a statement, which explained that the rapper had been unable to obtain a passport for many years because of his debts. DMX still has an active fan base overseas, where he hopes to perform again after restructuring his debts.
DMX’s real name is Earl Simmons, and he was born on December 18, 1970, in Mount Vernon, New York. After being raised in Yonkers, New York, DMX went on to garner fame as a rap artist in the 1990s.
Among the rapper’s biggest hits is his 1999 single “Party Up (Up in Here)” from the album “…And Then There Was X.” Since his debut with “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” back in 1998, DMX has released altogether 7 studio albums. His debut album has sold more than five million copies to date.
DMX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide during his career. He has also has played starring and supporting roles, in 8 films, till date. In 2002, he released his autobiography, titled, “E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.”
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