Earl Simmons, the rapper known as DMX, was on life support on Sunday afternoon and was in a “vegetative state,” said his former manager, who said she has been in contact with his family.
Mr. Simmons’s long-time lawyer Murray Richman said he had been hospitalized after a heart attack.
The rapper suffered a heart attack Friday around 11pm at his home in White Plains and was taken via ambulance to a local hospital, where he remains on a ventilator, Richman said. The attorney said he did not know what may have caused the heart attack.
“We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes, and prayers as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges,” the rapper’s family said in a statement.
Mr. Simmons sold millions of records and was the first musician whose first four albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. He became known for electrifying audiences at concerts with hits that include “Party Up,” from 1999, and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya,” from 2003.
DMX has received three Grammy nominations, all of which came in either 2000 or 2001. Two were for Best Rap Solo Performance and the third was for Best Rap Album.
Mr. Simmons was arrested repeatedly over the years, for fraud, assault, driving under the influence and without a license, and weapon and narcotics possession. He served time in jail after pleading guilty in 2008 to animal cruelty, drug possession and theft.
Born on December 18, 1970, Mr. Simmons is the only child of Arnett Simmons and Joe Barker.