Prayer vigil held in New York for rapper DMX

13:49pm, Tue 06 Apr 2021
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Fans and the family of rapper DMX chanted his name and offered up prayers outside the New York hospital where he remained on life support.

The 50-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Friday, following a heart attack.

The crowd outside White Plains Hospital called “DMX! DMX!” and, when urged to by the main speaker, crossed their arms in the shape of an X.

A woman’s sobs reverberated as those in the audience heard a recording of the rapper, whose birth name is Earl Simmons.

Fans show support for DMX during a prayer vigil (AP)

Simmons’ longtime lawyer, Murray Richman, said on Sunday that the rapper was admitted to the intensive care unit but he was not sure what caused the heart attack.

DMX made his rap debut in 1998, and has released seven albums in a career that has included three Grammy nominations. He also acted in several movies.

But substance abuse has been a struggle for him over the years, including in 2019 when he cancelled shows to go to a rehabilitation facility.

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