- US rapper DMX recently collapsed in his house after a suspected narcotics overdose that triggered a heart attack and has been in ICU for three days
- The latest prognosis shows that his condition continues to deteriorate and medics are expressing concern that he may not make it
- His 15 children have flown into New York to be by their father's side as he battles his health
US rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, collapsed in his house on Friday, April 2 and has been in hospital since. The latest prognosis shows that the Grammy-nominated artist's health has continued to deteriorate since he was put into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
His children have now flown into New York to be by his side as he battles the effects of a substance overdose that supposedly triggered a cardiac arrest.
DMX is a father of 15 children, four of them with ex-wife Tashera Simmons and 11 from a series of extramarital affairs he had with other women.
The four are Mary Ella, Tocoma, Xavier and Shawn. Tashera and DMX went separate ways after 11 years of marriage when she filed for divorce in 2013, citing DMX's infidelity.
With regards to his condition, a report by media outlet TMZ revealed that it took about 30 minutes for doctors to resuscitate the 50-year-old, a period during which he remained deprived of oxygen.
According to family members, that long duration of oxygen deficiency had a severe impact on his brain, which makes things look anything but good. There are conflicting reports on whether his brain has some activity or is in a vegetative state, but medics have expressed concern that he may not come out alive.
The talented rapper has struggled with substance and alcohol use since he was a teenager, something that saw him check into rehab on several occasions. Perhaps the most baffling thing about the news of his overdose is that he had cleaned up and worked so hard towards maintaining sobriety.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that DMX suffered a heart attack and started fighting for his life in hospital.
The 50-year-old hip-hop icon is fighting for his life and things are not looking good. According to the BBC, he was taken off life support and breathing on his own. However, doctors are concerned as there is very little sign of brain activity.
DMX has a long history of substance abuse.
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