US rapper Earl Simmons, also known as DMX, has been found unresponsive at a Yonkers hotel parking lot in New York.
It’s understood Simmons was not breathing and had no pulse when the local police arrived at the scene; but they performed CPR and brought some life back in him.
TMZ reported that the We Right Here hit-maker collapsed due to a drug overdose, citing a witness who told cops DMX had consumed an unknown powdery substance before he dropped to the concrete.
Simmons is reportedly in a stable condition in hospital.
Shortly after the incident, rumours were doing the rounds that the 45-year-old had suffered an asthma attack.
Social media reaction
Pray for DMX, one of the only men to have had the whole world at a concert. pic.twitter.com/XX4Xp2cZbp— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) February 9, 2016
Prayers up for my brother @DMX— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) February 9, 2016
Damn it DMX....them narcotics finally catching up to him!— Mya H (@mymy13) February 9, 2016