Rapper Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, has been hospitalized in White Plains, New York, after suffering a heart attack, his attorney told CBS News. No details were provided on what may have caused the heart attack.
Attorney Murray Richman initially said the DMX had been taken off life support and was breathing on its own, but when later asked by CBS News to confirm those details, Richman said “not that I know of.”
DMX has been nominated for three Grammy Awards throughout its career, receiving two nominations in 2000 and another in 2001. It has also been nominated for several other awards, including a 2006 BET Award for Video of the Year, an MTV Movie Award. in 2002 for Outstanding Male Performance for “Exit Wounds” and various MTV Music Video Awards.
Messages of support quickly began circulating on social media following news of DMX’s condition, many calling him a “legend” in the industry.
“The history of DMX is so heartbreaking”, Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive tweeted. “It’s hard to explain how massive it was in the late 90s and early 2000s. It touched people in a way that I can’t explain.”
MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal tweeted a statement that DMX had previously given to his fans: “When you fall, get back up, everyone here has been through shit and you never know what God is willing to do for you until you need. Something for you.”