DMX is reportedly expected to undergo brain function tests on Wednesday, days after he suffered a heart attack that was possibly triggered by a drug overdose.
The rapper’s manager, Steve Rifkind, told TMZ that DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, 50, remains in a vegetative state at a hospital in White Plains, New York. He reportedly remains in a coma and his condition has not changed since he was admitted to the hospital on Friday.
According to Rifkind, doctors will assess how much brain function DMX has during Wednesday’s appointment. Meanwhile, multiple sources told the tabloid that DMX’s prognosis is grim as he was deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes.
After initial reports indicated that DMX was off life support and breathing on his own, the rapper’s longtime lawyer, Murray Richman, told NBC that he remains on life support and is not breathing on his own. Additionally, Walker told Buzzfeed News that DMX is experiencing “lung and brain failure” and has no brain activity.
DMX’s children have reportedly flown into New York to visit their ailing father. TMZ reported that the rapper’s relatives left the hospital at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Sources said they are only allowed to visit him one at a time due to COVID restrictions.
DMX has been candid about his substance abuse issues over the years.
In 2013, DMX appeared on “Iyanla Fix My Life” and told Iyanla Vanzant about his ongoing struggles with marijuana, crack cocaine, and cocaine. Late last year, DMX appeared on the “People’s Party With Talib Kweli“ and revealed to Kweli that his substance abuse issues began at age 14 when his 30-year-old musical mentor gave him marijuana laced with crack without his knowledge.
“I’ve never felt like this, it just f**ked me up,” DMX recalled. “Why would you do that to a child? He knew I looked up to him.”
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