DMX fans sob, pray, blast music outside hospital where rapper is reportedly in 'vegetative state'

Fans gather outside hospital for prayer vigil for rapper DMX
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Friends and family of DMX have gathered to hold a prayer vigil outside the New York hospital where the 'Ruff Ryders' Anthem' rapper is reportedly on life support. 

The 50-year-old was rushed to hospital on Friday (local time) after suffering a suspected drug overdose which triggered a heart attack. DMX's former manager Nakia Walker told Buzzfeed News he was in a "vegetative state" with "lung and brain failure". 

The hip-hop star's ex-wife, children and fiancée were among the hundreds of people that crowed the street outside White Plains Hospital, standing on cars, revving motorbikes and blasting his songs. 

In videos of the vigil shared to Twitter, the crowd can be heard chanting "DMX!" holding their arms in the shape of an 'x'. Footage also shows DMX's song 'Prayer III' being played through a loudspeaker while some of those in attendance begin to sob and wail. 

DMX has had a long and public struggle with drug addiction, and has spent time in rehab and locked up on drugs charges in the past. His most recent stint in rehab was in 2019. 

The rapper's hospitalisation has triggered an outpouring of support from fellow artists such as Missy Elliot, Chance The Rapper and Eminem.