DMX is still in a coma at a New York hospital after suffering a heart attack last week.
The rapper’s manager, Steve Rifkind, says his condition remains unchanged. Doctors are set to perform a battery of tests to determine his brain function level. The results could be critical in determining whether DMX has any chance of surviving his current condition.
“DMX is currently on life support and in a coma. There are multiple people with inaccurate information about his well-being, and it is not helpful and productive,” Rifkind told NBC News late Tuesday night. “Tomorrow, he will undergo further tests on his brain function, and his family will determine what’s best from there.”
Rifkind says members of the rapper’s family were able to visit him last night. Hundreds of fans have gathered outside the White Plains Hospital to show their support for the incapacitated artist. They held a late-night prayer vigil, praying for the artists’ recovery. “We appreciate your prayers and support,” Rifkind told those who were gathered.
DMX was admitted to the hospital on April 2 after having a heart attack. It’s unclear what caused the issues, but rumors of a drug overdose are prevailing. DJ Funkmaster Flex thinks the rapper’s friends in the music industry should have done more to help him fight his drug demons.
“The music business is a gorilla. It’s a bottomless pit of happiness or depression,” the DJ told Page Six. “I don’t wanna say people don’t help you, but I do want to say that there are people who actually know [when a star is struggling, but don’t help] sometimes. You don’t always get the best help when money is being made,” the DJ added.
“It’s rough for someone like a DMX who may be in a mental and emotional state of childhood trauma that has happened to him and then being thrown into the money and fame.”
The 50-year-old rapper has been open about his struggles with drug abuse after his rough childhood. In his autobiography, he says he was viciously beaten by his mother’s boyfriends during childhood. He says he was tricked into smoking crack at the age of 14. Funkmaster Flex invoked Nipsey Hussle’s name to make a comparison to his situation.
“Nipsey Hussle passed way, and every washed-up rapper made a pilgrimage to LA to go to the Marathon store to take a picture or to get their cards swiped. Bro Nipsey needed that support when he was alive,” Funkmaster Flex says.