DMX Checks Into Rehab and Cancels Concerts in ‘Ongoing Commitment’ to His Sobriety

Wire Service
By Wire Service
October 14, 2019Entertainmentshare
DMX Checks Into Rehab and Cancels Concerts in ‘Ongoing Commitment’ to His Sobriety
Rapper DMX at the 2012 Rock the Bells Festival at Santos Party House on June 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Hip-hop recording artist DMX has canceled a series of upcoming shows; instead, he checked into a rehab facility.

A statement shared on the raspy-voiced rapper’s official Instagram account said he was “putting family and sobriety first.”

“DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility,” the 48-year-old’s team wrote alongside a picture of him.

“He apologizes for his canceled shows and thanks to his fans for their continued support.”

The “Party Up (Up In Here)” hitmaker had been due to perform at a Three 6 Mafia reunion concert on the night of Oct. 12 in Memphis and day 2 of the Rolling Loud festival in New York on Sunday.

Rapper DMX performs at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 2017. (Streeter Lecka/BIG3/Getty Images)
Rapper DMX performs at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 2017. (Streeter Lecka/BIG3/Getty Images)

The hip hop star, whose real name is Earl Simmons—has struggled with substance abuse for years and has been arrested on multiple charges, including drug possession and animal cruelty.

In 2010, he was sentenced to a year in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

In 2011, the father of 15 said his children helped him beat his addiction to cocaine, saying: “I have to drive them in the right direction, so I let the cocaine go.”

In January this year, DMX was released from prison after serving a year behind bars for tax fraud.

According to federal prosecutors in New York, he concocted a multi-year scheme to hide millions in income from the IRS and skirt $1.7 million in existing tax liabilities.

DMX aka Earl Simmons
Hip-hop recording artist Earl Simmons, aka DMX, leaves the U.S. District Court with his attorney Murray Richman (R) after being arraigned, July 14, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

Following his release, he embarked on a 32-date tour to mark the 20th anniversary of his debut LP, “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.”

CNN has reached out to DMX’s representatives for comment.

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