DMX Revived With Narcan, CPR In Hotel Parking Lot

By McCarton Ackerman 02/09/16

The rapper says bronchitis and asthma are the reasons behind his latest health scare.

DMX Revived With Narcan In Hotel Parking Lot
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DMX nearly succumbed to his drug addiction after an alleged overdose on Monday, but his life was saved due to the opioid overdose reversal substance Narcan and CPR.

DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) collapsed to the ground at a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers, NY. A witness said the 45-year-old had consumed a powdery substance at the scene before falling to the ground. The rapper was unconscious by the time police arrived at the parking lot, but police were able to revive his pulse by administering Narcan and performing CPR.

Yonkers police Lt. Patrick McCormick was unable to confirm that DMX was the man in question, citing privacy laws. However, he did confirm that it was a 45-year-old man who was found unconscious, the same age as the rapper. McCormick told the New York Daily News that “this was an excellent job by the officers and they definitely saved the life. They found him in a lifeless condition with no breathing. They were able to bring back some breathing.”

DMX's attorney, Murray Richman, reported that DMX was released from the hospital early Tuesday afternoon. He is not expected to face criminal charges for this incident.

However, it’s the latest in a long string of drug-related woes for the rapper. He was first arrested for drug possession in 1994 and has been booked on numerous drug charges since then. In June 2004, he was arrested at JFK International Airport in New York on charges of impersonating a federal agent, DUI and possession of cocaine, among others. He pleaded guilty to all the charges and was given a conditional discharge that December, but was sentenced to 70 days behind bars in November 2005 for violating parole.

In May 2008, DMX was arrested at his Arizona home on animal cruelty and drug possession charges, eventually leading to a 90-day jail sentence in January 2009. The rapper once again violated his probation in November 2010 by consuming alcohol at a performance, leading him to return to jail in July 2011. His last drug-related arrest came in June 2013 when he charged with DUI in South Carolina.

The rapper has made attempts to straighten out his substance abuse problems in recent years, although his definition of recovery is looser than most. He told Dr. Phil in a September 2013 interview that he had been sober for a year, but later clarified that meant he only used marijuana and alcohol.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.