After numerous false reports surfaced on Thursday night (April 8), DMX’s manager Steve Rifkind issued a statement in which he clarified that the rapper is still alive while on life support. He also said that the family will issue a statement about X’s condition later today (April 9). Watch his full statement here.
DMX’s condition hasn’t changed much and his family may have to make a dreadful decision. According to a report from TMZ posted Thursday (Apr. 8), he isn’t presenting signs of improved brain function and the recent test results were “not good.” X’s manager, Steve Rifkind, is expected to fly out to White Plains, New York on Friday to console the family about the rapper’s future.
DMX is still hanging in there while his family and fans pray for his survival.
On Wednesday (April 7), doctors conducted numerous tests on Simmons to determine how much brain activity he has. The results from the tests will ultimately help X’s family decide what happens. Several of the rapper’s kids had flew out to New York earlier to be with their father.
“We are just waiting on the doctors to tell us what the next steps are,” DMX’s manager, Steve Rifkind, told People.
Dark Man X, born Earl Simmons, has been laying in a coma at a hospital in White Plains, NY since Good Friday (April 2). The Ruff Ryder had previously suffered a drug overdose, which triggered a heart attack. After he was placed on life support two days later, the veteran rapper’s situation has gotten more unpredictable. According to his ex-manager Nakia Walker, he’s reportedly “still in the same condition — in a vegetative state, [with] lung and brain failure and no brain activity.”
Outside of the hospital, his fans have been gathered since he was admitted to celebrate his music and pray for his recovery. Some fans were shedding tears in the street while others with throwing up their arms to make an “X” On Monday (April 5), Simmons’ family, friends, and loyal followers recently held a vigil hosted by the Ruff Ryders to the Rescue foundation to honor his legacy.
Simmons hasn’t been silent about his battle with addiction over the years. The rapper had been focused on his sobriety since he checked himself into rehab back in 2019. He looked healthier than ever in his appearance on Drink Champs with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN back in February.
As of this report, Simmons is breathing via life support. He’s also COVID-free despite multiple false reports, which claimed that X’s manager said the rapper contracted the disease. According to XXL, the family will provide more updates on his condition at a later time.