Hip-hop star DMX went all out to thank the Yonkers police officers who saved him from the brink of death earlier this year.
The rapper provided a free performance at a local charity event and trumpeted his immense appreciation for the cops who rescued him in February after he collapsed without a pulse in a Yonkers hotel parking lot.
“There are a few officers in here tonight that on February 8th … saved my life,” DMX proclaimed in a stirring speech, as seen in a video obtained by TMZ. “To go from at one point running from the police … to having those same police save my life — true heroes.”
In addition to the moving monologue, the Yonkers native perfomed his hit “Ruff Ryders Anthem” at the boxing-focused fundraiser, which was dubbed the “Toughman Competition” between Yonkers police and firefighters.
The “Party Up” rapper’s presence helped raise $80,000 at the event, which roughly 2,000 people attended, according to TMZ.
DMX, 45, wasn’t breathing by the time cops got to him outside the Ramada Inn during the scary February incident. He was revived about a minute after cops began giving him CPR and administering oxygen.
Police suggested at the time that a victim had been treated in that parking lot after ingesting “some sort of substance,” but never identified them by name. The victim was given Narcan, which is used in emergencies to treat an overdose, cops told the Daily News in February.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, returned to performing a few days later.
Source: New York Daily News | PETER SBLENDORIO