Following a false report of his death Thursday night, DMX’s manager confirmed in an Instagram post that the rapper is still alive and on life support.
“Everybody, please stop with posting these rumors. DMX is still alive,” Steve Rifkind said in the video. “Yes, he is on life support, but please, it’s not helping anybody by having them see these false rumors. Let the family relax for a night.”
Earlier in the evening, rumors that DMX had died spread online after comedian Luenell posted a confusing Instagram Story in which she wrote, “It is over. My friend is gone. Soar with the eagles, join the best that ever did it RIP… DMX.”
Two hours later, Luenell deleted that post and issued a clarification, saying, “When your spirit leaves and your organs fail you, the body becomes just a shell. One becomes wrapped in the Lord’s arms. That’s what *I* call gone, I’m sorry to all. #DMX.”
Luenell’s post was the second false report of DMX’s death this week; on Tuesday, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum Claudia Jordan erroneously tweeted that the rapper had died. She later deleted the tweet and apologized.
DMX has been in a White Plains, N.Y., hospital since Saturday morning, following a heart attack at his home Friday night that unconfirmed reports attributed to a drug overdose. According to TMZ, some sources said he has “some brain activity,” while another said he is in a “vegetative state.” TheWrap confirmed from a rep that DMX has been hospitalized but did not receive any more information on his condition.
DMX broke out in the ’90s and was a staple of the Ruff Ryders hip-hop collective and label. He’s best known for his 1999 album “And Then There Was X” and its lead single, “Party Up (Up in Here),” which hit the top 10 on the hip-hop charts and helped the album go six-times platinum.