Family, supporters hold vigil for hospitalised rapper DMX

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Fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, hold baloons as they attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders.
Fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, hold baloons as they attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders.
Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP
  • Family and friends held a prayer vigil outside the hospital where DMX is in critical condition.
  • The rapper was rushed to hospital following a heart attack on Friday.
  • He is on life support and his status remains extremely fragile. 


Hundreds of fans along with family gathered Monday outside the New York hospital where DMX is in critical condition, holding a prayer vigil for the rapper whose status remains extremely fragile.

The acclaimed artist born Earl Simmons was rushed to the hospital in White Plains, a suburb north of New York City, following a heart attack on Friday.

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Publicist Angelo Ellerbee told AFP that DMX remains on life support.

His fiancée and ex-wife were in tears at the vigil as a prayer was read for the rapper, whose fans chanted "DMX", holding their fists to the sky in honor of the 50-year-old star.

A motorcycle procession later paraded down the street in front of the facility as DMX hits including Ruff Ryders' Anthem rang out.

Saying he was "heartbroken", a friend of the family, AB Butler, told AFP that "you can't ask for a better artist."

Fan Beverly Bailey echoed those comments, saying: "He's come a long way in life, and he has a hard life, and just to see where he is today, it's very important."

"We keep our prayers for him and his entire family."

Ex-wife Tashera Simmons (L) and fiancée Desiree Li
Ex-wife Tashera Simmons (L) and fiancée Desiree Lindstrom (R) hug while surrounded by friends of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders.
Biker fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, ak
Biker fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders.
Fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX,
Fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders.
Fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX,
Fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, hold baloons as they attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders.
Fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX,
Fans of hospitalised rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, attend a prayer vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders.

DMX has long suffered from drug addiction. In 2019, he cancelled several shows and checked himself into a rehabilitation facility.

The Grammy nominee known for his distinctive gravelly delivery and dark lyricism soared into the public consciousness in the late 1990s, releasing hit after hit including X Gon' Give It To Ya and Party Up.

He continues to boast a strong fan following. His virtual rap battle with Snoop Dogg, a segment of the Verzuz series, attracted more than 500 000 viewers.

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