DMX's brain was starved of oxygen for 30 minutes as paramedics tried to save him following a drug overdose, a report says.
The rapper, 50, who was rushed to a New York hospital on Friday, remains in intensive care and is fighting for this life as his family keep a vigil by his bedside, his rep said.
It has been reported that he collapsed following a drug overdose – however those claims have not been confirmed by his team.
Yet, a family member told TMZ that the star's brain was deprived of oxygen as paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 30 minutes.
According to the report, doctors told relatives that the lack of oxygen has severely impacted the rapper's brain.
One insider said: "It's not looking good."
His attorney Murray Richman said that DMX, born Earl Simmons, has been joined in hospital by his first wife and some of his 15 children.
Richman yesterday told reporters that the 50-year-old was breathing on his own but later retracted that statement saying he had been given "the wrong information."
DMX's team then released a statement saying: "Last night Earl 'DMX' Simmons was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home.
"At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. Earl has been a warrior his entire life.
"This situation represents yet another road he must conquer.
"The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl.
"Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world.
"It is reassuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need."
DMX is being treated at a hospital in White Plains, New York after he collapsed at his home on Friday at around 11pm.
A source told TMZ he was in a "vegetative state," while another insider claimed the Harlem-born star has "some brain activity."
Reports of his hospital treatment first emerged when NY rapper Eric B shared an image of himself and DMX.
He captioned the image: “Please pray for my brother DMX,” along with the hashtag #DMXhospitalized.
Ja Rule, who was in rap group Murder Inc. with DMX and Jay-Z, was one of the first to send well wishes.
He tweeted: “Prayers up for my brother DMX."
Missy Elliot tweeted “prayers for DMX and his family", while Academy Award winner Viola Davis said she was “Praying for DMX."
DMX has reportedly struggled with drug addiction throughout his life – and has openly addressed the issues in his songs.
In 2016, Page Six reported the star had stopped breathing and had no pulse after suffering a drug overdose in a Westchester, New York, parking lot.
Luckily, a medic on hand administered Narcan, an anti-opioid used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, according to cops.
The rapper became “semiconscious” and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he received treatment.
In 2019, he signed a new deal with Def Jam – the label he initially signed his first major-label deal with in 1998.
The next month, he entered in to a drug rehabilitation program.
DMX released his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998.
He has since released seven studio albums including his best-selling And Then There Was X which cemented his place in hip hop history.
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