Rapper DMX hospitalized, misses court date

Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:43pm EDT

Rapper Earl ''DMX'' Simmons is shown in this Maricopa County Sheriff's Department booking photograph taken on July 2, 2008. REUTERS/Maricopa County Sheriff Department/Handout S.

Rapper Earl ''DMX'' Simmons is shown in this Maricopa County Sheriff's Department booking photograph taken on July 2, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Maricopa County Sheriff Department/Handout S.

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NEW YORK (Billboard) - A day before he was scheduled to appear in an Arizona court, rapper DMX was admitted to an Aventura, Florida, hospital Monday (September 22), according to his lawyer Bradford Cohen.

Cohen wouldn't confirm media reports alleging that DMX's hospitalization was for "fear of stroke," but he did say that the rapper's condition was "serious enough at the time, but ultimately he should be OK."

"It was serious enough for him to be brought and taken into a treatment facility. He spent the night there last night, and he will probably spend tonight there as well," Cohen told Billboard.com. "I don't think it's going to be an ongoing thing or a life-threatening situation. He's going to be alright."

Earlier this month, DMX, born Earl Simmons, was extradited from Florida to an Arizona jail to face numerous charges he had accumulated in the state, including drug possession, traffic violations, animal cruelty accusations and defrauding a hospital with an invalid Social Security number and name. He has since posted bond and has no warrants in the state, He was due in court Tuesday (September 23) to "clear up the bond issue for the possession case."

In August the former Def Jam recording artist was admitted to a hospital the day before he was due in court, but Cohen doesn't believe this will raise red flags regarding the current case. "If a hospital holds you for observation, then there's no reason to fear," he said. "Hospitals want to free up beds. He's never checked into a hospital and checked right out -- his visits always warrant him staying there for a couple of days."

Pending his discharge, DMX has a September 29 rescheduled Arizona court date and a number of other hearings to attend in the following weeks.

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