DMX almost Died from a Drug Overdose but was Saved by Narcan
One of rap music’s most iconic rap stars almost died earlier this month from an apparent drug overdose. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, collapsed outside a Ramada Inn in the city of Yonkers, New York at around 6:20pm on February 8, 2016. He had apparently stopped breathing and had no pulse when police and paramedics got to him. Four on-the-scene cops attempted to give the 45-year-old rap star CPR before a medic injected him with Narcan, an anti-opioid medication that can reverse the effects of a heroin/opioid drug overdose. The injection thankfully helped him regain semi-consciousness and he was rushed to the hospital for further treatment. An acquaintance of the rapper who was at the scene that night told authorities that Simmons had taken a powdered drug before collapsing. Later, a rep for the rapper claimed it was just a severe asthma attack but — another source who was apparently familiar with the situation stated, “They’re trying to cover up by saying it was an asthma attack. Obviously they do not want to put out that this was an overdose.”Was a drug overdose always in the cards for rapper DMX who has struggled with drug addiction most of his life?