DMX hospitalised after unconfirmed drug overdose - reports

Rapper DMX
DMX performs onstage during 10th Annual ONE Musicfest at Centennial Olympic Park on September 8, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo credit: Getty Images

Rapper DMX is in a critical condition after suffering a drug overdose at his home in New York, according to reports.

Citing unnamed sources, TMZ claimed DMX is in a "grave condition" after the overdose triggered a heart attack on Friday night (local time), with one source claiming the 50-year-old could be in a vegetative state

A representative confirmed to Billboard the 'Party Up (Up in Here)' rapper was in hospital as of Saturday (local time), but did not provide further details on his condition. 

It's understood DMX was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, a city in New York state.

Reports of the overdose have sent shockwaves through the industry, with a number of high-profile celebrities taking to Twitter to share their well-wishes.

On Saturday morning, Eric B. of the influential hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim shared a photo of himself and DMX, asking his followers to "please pray for my brother".

Rapper and actor Ice-T also posted a photo of the two in response to the news, captioning it: "My sincere love and prayers go out to my homie during this difficult time… pull through my dude."

Bring It On actress Gabrielle Union asked fans to "pray, send healing energy, whatever positive vibes you can" for DMX, while rapper Missy Elliott said she was also praying for his recovery. 

In a post to Instagram, Rick Ross wrote: "Prayers up for DMX the legend. Let's put that in the sky."

DMX, born Earl Simmons, has battled with drug addiction throughout his career. He suffered an overdose in 2016 and most recently entered a rehabilitation clinic two years ago. 

In an interview with fellow rapper Talib Kweli last year, DMX revealed his issues with substance abuse first started at the age of 14, when a mentor gave him a blunt laced with crack

"Talking about your problems is viewed as a sign of weakness when actually, it's one of the bravest things you can do," DMX said at the time. "One of the bravest things you can do is put it on the table, chop it up, and just let it out."

The rap veteran is one of the most prominent names to emerge from the 1990s' hip-hop scene, with his debut album It's Dark and Hell is Hot released in 1998 to critical acclaim and commercial success. The project was followed by his best-selling album … And Then There Was X in 1999, which spawned the hit single 'Party Up (Up in Here)'.