DMX’s Official Cause of Death Revealed as Cocaine-Induced Heart Attack

DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 1, 2011. / AP

Months after hip-hop icon DMX’s April 9 demise, his official cause of death has been revealed: The rapper died at 50 from a cocaine-induced heart attack which cut off blood flow to his brain, a fatal combination.

“It was cardiac arrest for a period of time, so there was no circulation to the brain,” a source from the Westchester County medical examiner’s office told Vulture. The lethal series of events was caused by acute cocaine intoxication, the source added.

“His death literally happened immediately because the brain was dead,” the source noted. “So obviously, there were a number of days where he was on ventilatory support and so forth in the hospital . . . However, he was diagnosed brain-dead early on . . . He never woke up from [a] coma.”

Soon after the legendary “Ruff Ryders” emcee was hospitalized on April 2, his family revealed he was in a “vegetative state” following a drug overdose-induced heart attack.

“We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes, and prayers as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges,” the family of the rapper (born Earl Simmons) wrote in a statement at the time. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end.”

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SOURCE: New York Post, Hannah Frishberg

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