What was originally thought to be a drug overdoes by rapper DMX turned out to reportedly be an intense asthma attack. The hip-hop artist was found lifeless Monday night outside a Yonkers hotel. First responders were able to resuscitate the man, with Yonkers police and Empress Ambulance personnel on the scene. Detective Lt. Patrick McCormack refused to identify DMX, otherwise known as Earl Simmons. But he did have this to say about the incident.
"Basically it was an excellent job by our ESU officers. They saved this individual's life."
Ramada Inn manager Hari Shukla confirmed the identity of DMX, saying he had a /david-bowie-dies-69-rip-cancer/medical issue late Monday night on the property. Earl Simmons was returned to the hospital on Tuesday morning, but is now out. The rapper is said to be doing fine. DMX's attorney Murray Richman had this to say.
"The police did a wonderful job"
911 received a call at 6:22 pm Monday night claiming there was an unresponsive man in the parking lot of the Ramada on Tuckahoe Road. Police rushed to the scene, where one eye-witness told officers that they had seen the man ingesting some sort of substance before he hit the ground. Only identified as a Mount Kisco resident at the time, the 45-year-old male was found lifeless next to a parked car. He had no pulse and was not breathing.
An Emergency Services Unit performed CPR on DMX. They also administered air through a bag valve mask. The musician began breathing about one minute after treatment. Empress personnel soon arrived on the scene, administering Narcan, often used to reverse the effects of heroin and opiate-based prescription drugs. Earl Simmons remained semi-conscious as he was rushed to the local hospital.
No illegal drugs were found in DMX's system. No criminal charges have been filed against anyone who was at the scene. The rapper's attorney later explained that Simmons is a longtime asthma sufferer and says DMX likely had an intense Asthma attack. Asked whether or not the hip-hop artist had taken any drugs earlier that night, the attorney replied 'no comment'.
DMX, who hasn't had an album out since 2012's Undisputed, has been making the headlines recently. A series of arrest warrants were issued in Westchester in connection with an ongoing family court divorce and child-support case. His failure to appear in court was blamed on the rapper's tour schedule. In 2015, he was accused of robbing a Newark gas station, and he was sentence to six months in a Buffalo jail for failing to pay child support. He was released this past September. He most recently appeared on an episode of the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat this past December.