One of rap’s most iconic rappers almost died Monday night from an apparent drug overdose.
DMX is reported to have collapsed in a parking lot of a Westchester hotel.
Police report that on Monday at 6:20 PM, the 45-year-old rapper collapsed next to a 2016 white BMW outside of a Ramada Inn. DMX was in his hometown of Yonkers.
Lt. Patrick McCormack of the Yonkers Police Department reports that officers escorted the man to Saint Joseph’s Medical Center while they administered chest compressions and oxygen in the ambulance.
When police arrived at the scene, DMX had no pulse. Cops performed CPR but were unable to resuscitate him.
Amazingly, a medic injected him with Narcan, which is an anti-opioid used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.
After the hit of Narcan, DMX (whose real name is Earl Simmons) had become semi-conscious, at which point he was taken to the hospital.
“The cops did a great job. They saved [his] life, no doubt about it,” said Lt. Patrick McCormack of the Yonkers Police Department.
A friend of the rapper told the cops that DMX has taken a powdered drug before passing out.
Also, Abraham Chekottu, a Ramada clerk said “I saw him leaving the hotel. He looked fine. Then, a few minutes later, a police car came. There was an ambulance, too. Within no time, he left in the ambulance.”
Clearly DMX is lucky to be alive…
A Sad History of Drug Abuse
Many within the hip hop community consider DMX to be one of the greatest rappers to ever live. However, his history of drug possession and legal woes have plagued his career from the beginning.
DMX has been relatively open about his problems with addiction, even sharing some of his pain in one of his most iconic songs “Slippin.” Ironically, the video portrays DMX riding in the back of an ambulance, close to death.
See video below.
As always, we wish nothing but the best for DMX and his family. We hope and pray that he finds peace and sobriety, and that he may continue to make music for the world to enjoy.