Rapper, DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was hospitalised last Friday after allegedly suffering a heart attack due to a drug overdose.

Simmons’ lawyer, Murray Richman, said the rapper was admitted to the intensive care unit at White Plains Hospital after going into cardiac arrest. Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX overdosed on drugs and was not sure what caused the heart attack.

Simmons’ family released a statement saying, “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.” Another statement released on Sunday stated that DMX is still in a coma and remains on life support.

Later today a prayer vigil is scheduled to be held outside the suburban New York hospital.