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DMX is set to undergo ‘a series of tests Wednesday to determine how much brain function and activity he has’ as he clings to life following recent heart attack.

‘We are just waiting on the doctors to tell us what the next steps are,’ revealed DMX’s manager Steve Rifkind in a statement to People.

The outlet elaborated that the tests will ‘dictate further decisions to be made by DMX’s family,’ with the rapper currently in a coma and on life support at a New York area hospital.

Testing: DMX is set to undergo 'a series of tests Wednesday to determine how much brain function and activity he has' as he clings to life following recent heart attack; DMX pictured in 2017

Testing: DMX is set to undergo 'a series of tests Wednesday to determine how much brain function and activity he has' as he clings to life following recent heart attack; DMX pictured in 2017

Testing: DMX is set to undergo ‘a series of tests Wednesday to determine how much brain function and activity he has’ as he clings to life following recent heart attack; DMX pictured in 2017

TMZ reported Monday that some of DMX’s  15 children are visiting him in the hospital for what is thought to be ‘a final goodbye.’ 

Later that same day, a prayer vigil was held by family, friends and fans outside the hospital where DMX is continuing to receive care in White Plains, New York.

The rapper’s condition remains critical and ‘dire’, according to TMZ. This prompted an undetermined number of DMX’s children to head to White Plains to say their goodbyes.

The outlet added that COVID-19 safety restrictions are complicating the matter with sources saying that only one person will be allowed to visit DMX at a time. 

DMX has been holding on to life for the last several days after allegedly overdosing and subsequently having a heart attack.

Next steps: 'We are just waiting on the doctors to tell us what the next steps are,' revealed DMX's manager Steve Rifkind in a statement to People on Wednesday; DMX pictured in 2017

Next steps: 'We are just waiting on the doctors to tell us what the next steps are,' revealed DMX's manager Steve Rifkind in a statement to People on Wednesday; DMX pictured in 2017

Next steps: ‘We are just waiting on the doctors to tell us what the next steps are,’ revealed DMX’s manager Steve Rifkind in a statement to People on Wednesday; DMX pictured in 2017

‘On Friday night, April 2nd, 2021, our brother, son, father, and colleague DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, was admitted to White Plains (NY) Hospital, facing serious health issues,’ the family said through a publicist. ‘We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes, and prayers as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges.’

Another statement released Sunday afternoon said the rapper remained in a coma and was on a ventilator.

Simmons’ longtime lawyer, Murray Richman, said the rapper was admitted to the intensive care unit at White Plains Hospital after going into cardiac arrest.

Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX overdosed on drugs and was not sure what caused the heart attack.

Determining factors: The outlet elaborated that the tests will 'dictate further decisions to be made by DMX's family,' with the rapper currently in a coma and on life support at a New York area hospital; DMX pictured in February 2021

Determining factors: The outlet elaborated that the tests will 'dictate further decisions to be made by DMX's family,' with the rapper currently in a coma and on life support at a New York area hospital; DMX pictured in February 2021

Determining factors: The outlet elaborated that the tests will ‘dictate further decisions to be made by DMX’s family,’ with the rapper currently in a coma and on life support at a New York area hospital; DMX pictured in February 2021

Beloved father: TMZ reported Monday that some of DMX's 15 children are visiting him in the hospital for what is thought to be 'a final goodbye'

Beloved father: TMZ reported Monday that some of DMX's 15 children are visiting him in the hospital for what is thought to be 'a final goodbye'

Beloved father: TMZ reported Monday that some of DMX’s 15 children are visiting him in the hospital for what is thought to be ‘a final goodbye’

‘He had a heart attack. Hes quite ill,’ Richman said. ‘I’m very sad about it, extremely sad. He’s like my son.

‘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.’  

Doctors at White Plains Hospital in New York have said the rapper’s prognosis is poor while family members have said his life hangs in the balance.

DMX was said to be off life support earlier Saturday but his lawyer later said that the news was a ‘misstatement’.

Sources told TMZ that the star overdosed around 11pm on Friday and was rushed to the hospital where he is in critical care. 

A lot of family: DMX, is famously a father of 15. He is pictured above with Desiree Lindstrom, who gave birth to his youngest child in 2016

A lot of family: DMX, is famously a father of 15. He is pictured above with Desiree Lindstrom, who gave birth to his youngest child in 2016

A lot of family: DMX, is famously a father of 15. He is pictured above with Desiree Lindstrom, who gave birth to his youngest child in 2016

One relative explained that paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 30 minutes when he was taken to hospital on Friday night, during which time he was deprived of oxygen for an extended period.

Doctors say the lack of oxygen severely affected his brain, with one family member saying ‘It’s not looking good.’

Although he has been described as having ‘some brain activity,’ doctors are still worried that he may not pull through.

‘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.’ a statement by the family read.

Vigil: Later that same day, a prayer vigil was held by family, friends and fans outside the hospital where DMX is continuing to receive care in White Plains, New York

Vigil: Later that same day, a prayer vigil was held by family, friends and fans outside the hospital where DMX is continuing to receive care in White Plains, New York

Vigil: Later that same day, a prayer vigil was held by family, friends and fans outside the hospital where DMX is continuing to receive care in White Plains, New York 

Complicating: The outlet added that COVID-19 safety restrictions are complicating the matter with sources saying that only one person will be allowed to visit DMX at a time

Complicating: The outlet added that COVID-19 safety restrictions are complicating the matter with sources saying that only one person will be allowed to visit DMX at a time

Complicating: The outlet added that COVID-19 safety restrictions are complicating the matter with sources saying that only one person will be allowed to visit DMX at a time

‘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.’

Kelly Rowland was among an array of celebrities offering prayers for DMX this weekend. ‘Lord God in Heaven, bless our brother DMX,’ said Kelly, 40, in an emotional video on her Insta Stories this Saturday, ‘I ask that you would bless his family.’

DMX first made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album ‘It´s Dark and Hell is Hot,’ which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The multiplatinum selling album was anchored by several hits including ‘Ruff Ryders´ Anthem,’ ‘Get At Me Dog’ and ‘Stop Being Greedy.’

The rapper had four other chart-topping albums including ‘…And Then There Was X,’ ‘Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,’ ‘The Great Depression’ and ‘Grand Champ.’ He has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.

Along with his music career, DMX paved his way as an actor. He starred in the 1998 film ‘Belly’ and appeared in ‘Romeo Must Die’ a couple years later with Jet Li and the late singer Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for the film´s soundtrack song ‘Come Back in One Piece.’

DMX performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 at Barclays Center on June 28, 2019 in New York City

DMX performs at Masters Of Ceremony 2019 at Barclays Center on June 28, 2019 in New York City

Hanging in there: The 50-year-old rapper is reported to be in a ‘vegetative state’ after suffering a heart attack triggered by an OD. DMX’s last known rehab stint was in October 2019.  He had been photographed in public (right) as recently as February 

Prognosis: Doctors at White Plains Hospital in New York have said the rapper's prognosis is poor while family members have said his life hangs in the balance

Prognosis: Doctors at White Plains Hospital in New York have said the rapper's prognosis is poor while family members have said his life hangs in the balance

Prognosis: Doctors at White Plains Hospital in New York have said the rapper’s prognosis is poor while family members have said his life hangs in the balance

The rapper also starred in ‘Exit Wounds’ with Steven Seagal and ‘Cradle 2 the Grave’ with Li. 

DMX has had a number of brushes with law involving drugs and other crimes over the years.

In January 2019, he was released from a West Virginia federal prison after serving a year behind bars for tax fraud.

He pleaded guilty in November 2017 to evading $1.7million in US tax payments between 2002 and 2005. On top of jail time, the Internal Revenue Service ordered him to pay $2.3million in restitution.

Prosecutors said the star had dodged taxes by living on cash, without maintaining a bank account or filing required tax returns to the IRS.

To God's ears: Kelly Rowland was among an array of celebrities offering prayers for DMX this weekend after the rapper was hospitalized Friday

To God's ears: Kelly Rowland was among an array of celebrities offering prayers for DMX this weekend after the rapper was hospitalized Friday

To God’s ears: Kelly Rowland was among an array of celebrities offering prayers for DMX this weekend after the rapper was hospitalized Friday

The native of Yonkers, a suburb of New York, was ordered to be under supervised release for three years.

DMX was said to have been preparing for a comeback during his first year as a free man and had signed a new record deal with Def Jam Records in September that year.

But the following month, just 10 months after his release, the star took to social media to announce he was checking into rehab for an unspecified amount of time.

‘In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support,’ the post read. 

It is unclear how long DMX was in treatment, but by late December he was seen back on stage in Las Vegas where he performed at the Hakkasan Nightclub.

Hard times: The rap artist, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was released from federal prison in January 2019 after serving a year behind bars for tax fraud. He is pictured leaving court with his attorney in 2017

Hard times: The rap artist, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was released from federal prison in January 2019 after serving a year behind bars for tax fraud. He is pictured leaving court with his attorney in 2017

Hard times: The rap artist, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was released from federal prison in January 2019 after serving a year behind bars for tax fraud. He is pictured leaving court with his attorney in 2017

Good spirits: The rapper appeared to be in good spirits and addressed his troubles during the show with a rousing address between songs

Good spirits: The rapper appeared to be in good spirits and addressed his troubles during the show with a rousing address between songs

Good spirits: The rapper appeared to be in good spirits and addressed his troubles during the show with a rousing address between songs

The rapper appeared to be in good spirits and addressed his troubles during the show with a rousing address between songs.

‘When you fall down, get back up, everybody 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,’ he said to the crowd.

‘You won’t know if he’s willing to pick you up unless you fall down. You won’t know if he’s willing to help you find your way, unless you get lost,’ he added.

DMX, whose deep, gravelly voice and dark, often violent lyrics catapulted him to fame in the early nineties, has a colorful criminal history.

The father of 15 has been arrested for a variety of offenses over the years including drug possession, reckless driving, animal cruelty and failing to pay child support.

Artistically he is best known for his 2000 smash hit ‘Party Up (Up In Here),’ in which he belittles other rappers. 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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