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Prayer vigil held outside NY hospital for rapper DMX

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:14 AM
One of DMX’s sons (centre) is joined by friends and family members during a prayer vigil for the rapper outside of White Plains Hospital on Monday.
One of DMX’s sons (centre) is joined by friends and family members during a prayer vigil for the rapper outside of White Plains Hospital on Monday.
DMX’s ex-wife, Tashera Simmons (left), and his fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom, embrace outside of the White Plains Hospital, where the rapper remains on life support.
DMX’s ex-wife, Tashera Simmons (left), and his fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom, embrace outside of the White Plains Hospital, where the rapper remains on life support.
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WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP):

Supporters and family of the rapper DMX chanted his name and offered up prayers on Monday outside the New York hospital, where he remained on life support.

The 50-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Friday following a heart attack.

The crowd outside White Plains Hospital called “DMX! DMX!” and, when urged to by the main speaker, crossed their arms in the shape of an X. A woman’s sobs reverberated as those in the audience heard a recording of the rapper, whose birth name is Earl Simmons.

Simmons’ long-time lawyer, Murray Richman, said on Sunday that the rapper was admitted to the intensive care unit, but he was not sure what caused the heart attack.

DMX made his rap début in 1998, and has released seven albums in a career that has included three Grammy nominations. He also acted in several movies.

But substance abuse has been a struggle for him over the years, including in 2019 when he cancelled shows to go to a rehabilitation facility.

Nevertheless, he retained his standing among fans. Last year, an online face-off with fellow rapper Snoop Dogg as part of the Verzuz series brought more than 500,000 viewers.