“Everybody, please stop with posting these rumors,” manager Steve Rifkind pleaded in a video posted to social media on Thursday.
Born Earl Simmons, the 50-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper suffered a heart attack last week, reportedly related to a drug overdose, and has been in critical condition since. Another of his managers, Nakia Walker, told the New York Times last Sunday that he is in a “vegetative state.”
Friday’s rumor mill appeared to be kicked off by comedian Luenell Campbell, who took to Instagram with a post mourning the artist’s death. She later deleted the missive and issued a clarification, saying “when your spirit leaves and your organs fail you, the body becomes just a shell… That’s what I call gone. I’m sorry to all.”
The correction, as well as Rifkind’s appeal for netizens to stop spreading rumors, did little to tamp down on the claims, however, with “RIP DMX” remaining in the number-two spot in the Twitter trends later on Thursday night.
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