How Did DMX Die? The Details Behind the Rapper’s Untimely Death

how did DMX die
DMX in 2001. Photo by Mika Väisänen.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was an American rapper, actor, and producer. He rose to prominence in the late 1990s and became known for his distinctive rapping style and violent lyrics. DMX died at the early age of 50. DMX will be remembered as one of hip-hop‘s most influential rappers. But how did DMX die? 

DMX died a week after being admitted to the hospital because of a heart attack. The death of DMX produced shockwaves around the world. But what exactly caused his heart attack?

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DMX in Iowa City. Photo by PatV Channel 18 Iowa City.

How did DMX die? What happened to DMX?

According to reports, at around 11 pm on Friday, April 2, 2021, DMX reportedly suffered cardiac arrest at his home and was brought to White Plains Hospital in New York, where he was claimed to be in severe condition.

According to reports, a narcotic overdose was suspected as a possible cause of the heart attack.The next day, his attorney stated that he did not know what had caused the heart problem but that DMX was already on life support and would remain so until further notice.

That night, according to reports, the rapper suffered from cerebral hypoxia (a lack of oxygen to the brain), and paramedics tried to resuscitate him with no success.

Nakia Walker, DMX’s former manager, stated that the rapper was in a sort of “vegetative state” due to “lung and brain failure, as well as no current brain activity.”

A statement from DMX’s manager on Tuesday, April 6, stated that the rapper had fallen into a coma and that he would be subjected to brain function tests, adding that the “family will select the best course of action from there.”

Two to three days later, Rifkind acknowledged erroneous rumors that DMX had died over social media, urging people to stop spreading false news.

“DMX is on a ventilator, we are trying hard to save his life, but you all must understand that spreading false news is inappropriate,” he remarked. 

“You should expect to hear from the family with a statement later tomorrow. So the only request I ask is that you refrain from spreading false information.”

What did DMX overdose on?

According to reports, DMX overdosed on a mixture of crack cocaine, prescription pills, and fentanyl, which caused a lack of blood circulation to his brain, causing a heart attack. It was also reported that DMX was sick with COVID at that time. 

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Murder Inc. (DMX, Jay-Z & Ja Rule) rap group in 2016. Photo by Irv Gotti.

When did DMX die?

DMX died in April 9th, 2021, from a cocaine-induced cardiac arrest and lack of blood flow to his brain, the medical examiner’s office in Westchester County, New York, revealed.

Accute cocaine consumption had “triggered this series of events” since there had been no blood to the brain for some time.

DMX’s history of drug addiction 

DMX dealt with drug addiction issues in the public eye for his entire life.

According to prior revelations, the rapper first experimented with crack cocaine at 14 or 15 years old, after being introduced to the drug by his former boss Ready Ron.

“I’d never experienced anything like this before, and it completely f**ked me up. Later on, I discovered that he had laced the blunt containing crack.

“How could you do anything like that to some child?” he asked in a 2020 interview.

In 2016, the rapper was found unresponsive in a hotel parking lot in the New York City borough of Yonkers.

In addition to overdosing and being unable to breathe when the cops came, the rapper was reportedly resuscitated by doctors after being provided Narcan, an opioid-reversing medication.

No drugs were recovered at the scene, but according to a story, a witness stated that the rapper had ingested some chemicals before collapsing. Later, DMX claimed that an asthma episode caused it.

The rapper has sought treatment for his drug addiction on several occasions. However, after some shows were postponed in 2017, he announced his intention to return to therapy in 2018.


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A shrine to musician DMX, who passed away on April 9, 2021 at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York. Photo by Liam E.

Where is DMX buried?

DMX is buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Yonkers, Westchester County, NYC, United States of America.

Even though DMX’s burial was held in private, there was no shortage of stars in attendance. 

In addition to Jay-Z and Beyonce, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, and the Ruff Ryders attended the Barclays Center in New York City for the homage.

After his death, his firm covered his funeral expenses. After he was admitted to the hospital following a heart attack, Def Jam Recordings paid for his memorial ceremony, which cost over $35,000.

Written by Bo Weber

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