August 21, 2013. Earl Simmons, 42, also known as the rapper DMX is pictured in this booking photo courtesy of Greer, South Carolina city police. (Reuters)
In this July 19, 2008 booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, rapper DMX is shown. (AP)
A March 4 2000 file photo shows rapper DMX at the 14th annual Soul Train Music Awards. Rapper DMX was charged June 25, 2004 with cocaine possession and criminal impersonation after trying to steal a car then crashing another vehicle through an airport parking lot gate, claiming he was a federal agent, prosecutors said. DMX, 33, whose real name is Earl Simmons, and a man police identified as Jackie Hudgins, 41, were arrested Thursday night at New York’s Kennedy airport by police officers who found a billy club and a bag of crack cocaine in their sport utility vehicle, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn JDP – RTR56ZZ
The rapper DMX almost died from a drug overdose in Yonkers on Monday night — but cops saved his life, a police source said Tuesday.
The 45-year-old “Slippin” singer collapsed next to a white BMW — and stopped breathing — in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn at around 6:20 p.m., the sources said. He also had no pulse.
Four cops gave him CPR and a medic injected him with Narcan, an anti-opioid used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, the police source said.
A witness at the scene, who knows the rapper, said he had taken a powdered drug before he collapsed, the police source said. He became “semi-conscious” and was rushed to a nearby hospital, the source said.
“The cops did a great job, they saved [his] life — no doubt about it,” a police spokesman said.
A rep for DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, claimed early Tuesday he had suffered another asthma attack.
But a source familiar with the situation fired back, “They’re trying to cover up by saying it was an asthma attack. Obviously they don’t want to put out that this was an overdose.”
No drugs were found at the scene and no criminal charges were filed, the police source said.
Simmons was arrested in October for allegedly failing to pay $10,000 a month in child support, according to the Journal News.