WHITE PLAINS — A large crowd gathered for a vigil Monday held by the family of rapper DMX outside the New York hospital where he has been fighting for his life.
The crowd of perhaps hundreds heard prayerful words for the 50-year-old rapper, who was taken to White Plains Hospital Friday night after a heart attack.
“He’s iconic,” said Tonya Williams, of White Plains, New York, who was among those who gathered for the vigil that started about 5 p.m. “You know, we love him — he’s a Westchester legend. He made it.”
Billy Carter, of Mount Vernon – the Westchester County city where DMX was born – said he “was a down-to-earth person” who “only showed love.”
Carter hoped Monday’s outpouring of support would make a difference and help DMX to recover.
DMX remains hospitalized after apparent heart attack; family holds Monday prayer vigil
At Monday’s vigil, his ex-wife Tashera Williams and fiancée Desiree Lindstrom consoled each other. And a hospital worker held his arms up in the sign of an X as he looked down on the vigil.
The rapper’s longtime New York-based lawyer, Murray Richman, told The Associated Press late Saturday that the 50-year-old hip-hop star was on life support but said he could not confirm reports that DMX overdosed on drugs and was not sure what caused the heart attack.
“We are concerned,” Richman told PIX 11 News (WPIX-TV). “It would be disingenuous to suggest that I’m not a worried man at this particular point.”
“I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son,” Richman said, according to AP. “He’s just a tremendous person, tremendous entertainer, tremendous human being. And so much to offer, so much to say. Not the run-of-the-mill rapper. A person of great depth.”
DMX’s chart-topping albums include “… And Then There Was X,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” “The Great Depression” and “Grand Champ.”
The rapper, whose legal name is Earl Simmons, has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.
“DMX” is short for his full stage name, “Dark Man X.”
He featured in movies as well, including 1998’s “Belly,” and appeared in “Romeo Must Die” a couple of years later with Jet Li and the late singer Aaliyah — DMX and Aaliyah worked together on the latter film’s soundtrack song “Come Back in One Piece.”
DMX has faced some criminal, legal and personal matters in recent years.
He grappled with drug addiction in the past and last entered rehab in 2019 after a year in prison for tax evasion.
“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility,” a statement on DMX’s Instagram read at the time. “He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”