DMX’s official cause of death has been revealed. The rapper died in April after being hospitalised for over a week after a drug overdose. A source from the Westchester County medical examiner’s office told Vulture that the 50-year-old rapper died from a cocaine-induced heart attack that cut off blood flow to his brain.
“It was cardiac arrest for a period of time, so there was no circulation to the brain,” the source told the outlet. “The lethal series of events was caused by acute cocaine intoxication,”
“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 coma.”
DMX faced a long and public battle with drug abuse which he revealed started when he was just 14 years old.
He smoked a ‘crack-laced blunt’ that was given to him by his mentor. He said that he initially had no idea what he had smoked.
In 2016, he almost died after he suffered a drug overdose in a New York parking lot.