Just days after the passing of hip-hop icon Heavy D, the rap world has learned EPMD’s Erick Sermon suffered a heart attack this weekend.
Details of the rapper’s heart attack emerged online Saturday (November 12) evening.
Just days after Heavy D passed away, hip-hop almost endured the loss of another legend. According to DJ Scratch, MC/producer Erick Sermon suffered a heart attack earlier today–though he said Sermon is recovering. “Erick Sermon had a heart attack today,” Scratch wrote. “He’s ok, but still send your prayers.” DJ Scratch was a long-time DJ and producer for seminal hip-hop duo EPMD, which consisted of Sermon and Parrish “PMD” Smith. (BET)
Reports claim Sermon’s high blood pressure ultimately sparked the attack.
Kim Wingate, a close friend of Sermon and owner of justshuddup.com, said that she talked to the rapper. He nearly died. “On the heals of suffering the loss of Heavy D, we almost lost another HipHop Legend last night. Erick Sermon is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack last night. I just got off the phone with E and he said the doctor told him his blood pressure was so high he was minutes from death. He wanted me to let everyone know he’s okay.” (All Hip Hop)
Producer 9th Wonder sent his prayers to the hip-hop veteran.
“Praying for E. Sermon yall!!RT @djscratch Erick Sermon had a heart attack today. He’s ok, but still send your prayers. He is not on Twitter.,” he tweeted Saturday. (9th Wonder’s Twitter)
Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons gave his thoughts on Sermon’s incident.
“praying for my man Erick Sermon >> http://bit.ly/tDqDDV,” he tweeted.
“sending prayers to my life long friend Erick Sermon…http://bit.ly/th5Lqy” (Russell Simmons’ Twitter)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
Check out some past Erick Sermon footage below: