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DMX is OK after being revived in New York hotel parking lot

DMX is out of the hospital after collapsing in the parking lot of a Yonkers, N.Y., hotel on Monday night, his attorney said Tuesday.

The 45-year-old rapper, real name Earl Simmons, didn't have a pulse when authorities arrived, police told the Associated Press. Murray Richman, DMX's lawyer, told the AP that although he didn't know why his client stopped breathing, the performer does suffer from asthma.

"Just got off the phone with the DOG . He's good and in great spirits Thanks for all the blessings," collaborator Swizz Beatz tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

It took paramedics about a minute before DMX had a pulse and was breathing again, the New York Daily News reported.

TMZ initially reported Tuesday that DMX was revived using Narcan, an opiate antidote, and quoted an unnamed witness as saying the rapper had ingested a powder before collapsing, then updated its account with information from an unnamed family member saying DMX denied taking any drugs, had been experiencing shortness of breath due to bronchitis and had asked for his inhaler — he didn't get it in time — before collapsing.

Police confirmed to the AP that Narcan and CPR had been used to help revive a man in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers but couldn't identify the man positively as DMX because of privacy laws.

The rapper, born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and raised in Yonkers, was arrested last June and sentenced to six months in prison over unpaid child support — money he said he didn't owe. However, DMX got out two months later after a judge issued a stay of his sentence so what his attorney called "some legal issues" could be worked out.

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