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DMX Hospitalized and in Critical Condition Following Apparent Drug Overdose

The rapper reportedly suffered a heart attack after the overdose

DMX has been hospitalized after suffering an apparent drug overdose on the evening of Friday, April 2, as TMZ reports and Variety and Billboard confirm. The rapper born Earl Simmons reportedly experienced a heart attack after the alleged overdose occurred and was taken to a hospital in White Plains, New York, where he is reportedly in the critical care unit.

“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,” his family said in a statement.

DMX’s lawyer, Murray Richman, stated to News 12 Westchester that he was in “grave condition.” Though Richman told PIX 11 News that DMX had been taken off life support on Saturday afternoon, he later told Rolling Stone that he had received “wrong information” and that DMX remained on life support. “We are concerned. It would be disingenuous of me to suggest that I’m not a worried man at this particular point,” Richman had told PIX 11.

TMZ subsequently updated their report with a statement attributed to DMX’s representative. “Last night Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home,” it reads. “At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. Earl has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer.” The statement continues:

The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl. Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world. It is reassuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need.

On Sunday (April 4), The New York Times reported that DMX was still on life support and in a “vegetative state,” as the rapper’s manager Nakia Walker told the Times. “We’re just praying,” Walker added. The report stated that some of DMX’s relatives have been allowed to see him at the hospital.

Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for DMX and White Plains City Police Department for further comment.

Source: Pitchfork

Justin Bieber Shares Surprise New Freedom EP: Listen

Justin Bieber has shared a surprise new EP called Freedom. The new EP arrives in time for Easter, and it features guest appearances from Tori Kelly, BEAM, Brandon Love, Chandler Moore, Pink Sweats, Judah Smith, and Lauren Walters. Listen to it below.

The new EP arrives shortly after the release of his new album Justice, which was followed a week later by a deluxe edition that included guest spots from Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo, Jaden, and others.

Bieber was recently sent a cease-and-desist letter from French duo Justice regarding the lettering style of his new album.

Source: Pitchfork

Zahid loses final bid to consolidate 12 CBT charges into three

PUTRAJAYA, April 5 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has exhausted his legal options to consolidate his dozen criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges related to his family’s Yayasan Akalbudi charity into three after the Federal Court dismissed his application today.

The matter today was Zahid’s appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of his application, which was previously rejected at the Court of Appeal.

A three-man bench led by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed said the former deputy prime minister failed to prove his claim that prosecution drew up the charges against him in bad faith.

The bench that included Datuk Seri Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Datuk Seri Hasnah Mohamed Hashim also dismissed as premature Zahid’s assertion that failure to consolidate the charges would lead to unfair sentencing.

“Sentencing is generally a matter subjected to judicial discussion and for the court to consider based on established principles of sentencing, after taking into account all the relevant factors including mitigating factors advanced by the accused person for the court to take into account.

“Based on these grounds, we find there is no merit in this appeal. We dismiss it and we affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeal,” said Azahar when reading out the judgement.

Zahid has no further recourse in this matter as the Federal Court is at the apex of the Malaysian judicial system.

Source: Malay Mail

Red Devil beat Brighton 2-1

Mason Greenwood completed Manchester United’s spirited second-half fightback as they came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Danny Welbeck headed the Seagulls into a deserved lead against his former club (13) with a lacklustre United having failed to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

But Marcus Rashford restored parity with his 19th goal of the season before Greenwood stooped to head in Paul Pogba’s mis-

The result comes as a relief for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side stay second on 60 points – meaning Manchester City still require a further 11 to be confirmed as champions. Brighton stay 16th, six points clear of the relegation zone.

Brighton were seeking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2018, and Graham Potter stuck with the same team that dismantled Newcastle in their previous fixture before the international break.
Source: Sky Sports