Missy Elliott was among those who sent up prayers for DMX’s recovery.

By AFRO Staff

Hip-hop great DMX has been hospitalized in grave condition after an apparent drug overdose, according to TMZ.

The 50-year-old was rushed to a White Plains, N.Y., hospital at about 11 p.m. on April 2 after suffering a heart attack caused by the ingestion of drugs, the outlet reported.

DMX associates confirmed to Billboard that the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, had been hospitalized, but did not say more about his condition.

Sources told TMZ, however, that while the rapper has “some brain activity,” he is in a  “vegetative state” and doctors have offered a grim prognosis.

Once a cornerstone of the Ruff Ryders label, DMZ has struggled with drug addiction for many years, going in an out of rehab. Reportedly, the last stint in rehab ended in December 2019 after he did 12 months in prison for tax evasion.

That same month, during a performance in Las Vegas, DMX reportedly told fans, “When you fall down, get back up, everyone here has been through some s**t and you never know what God is willing to do for you until you need him to do something for you.”

Well wishes have been pouring in for DMX from fellow members of the hip-hop fraternity.

Missy Elliot tweeted a photo of DMX along with the message, “Prayers for DMX and his family.”

Ja Rule, who once feuded with his Yonkers, N.Y., contemporary, also sent out well wishes, tweeting, “Prayers up for my brother DMX,” along with several prayer hand emojis.

The Ying Yang Twins, D-Roc and Kaine, also honored DMX on their Instagram with the message: “Prayers for the Big Dog @dmx it’s in God’s hands now.”