A family member later denied X’s consumption of powder or drug use, saying that he fell unconscious before reaching his inhaler. Close friend and collaborator  — who produced the 1999 cut “Ruff Ryders Anthem” — also offered an update on the rapper’s health.

Sources initially told TMZ that he complained of shortness of breath and chest pain before being hospitalized. The outlet then reported that according to a witness, DMX ingested some sort of powder before falling into unconsciousness, suggesting drug use.

After reports surfaced that DMX was sent to the following an asthma attack, the Mount Vernon MC — real name Earl Simmons — soon made headlines for allegedly being found “not breathing with no pulse” at the Ramada Inn on Monday night.

2/9/2016 by Adelle Platon Adelle Platon

Just got off the phone with the DOG . He’s good and in great spirits Thanks for all the —- @Dmx the Great!— SWIZZ BEATZ (@THEREALSWIZZZ) February 9, 2016