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Rapper DMX enters rehab after canceling NYC show

DMX performs during the Masters of Ceremony concert

DMX performs during the Masters of Ceremony concert at Barclays Center on June 28. Credit: Getty Images / Theo Wargo

Hip-hop artist DMX canceled two concerts over the weekend, including this past Sunday's leg of Rolling Loud New York, in order to enter rehab.

A post on his Instagram account Saturday said, "In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support." No details were given.

The 48-year-old rapper, born Earl Simmons, had been scheduled to perform Saturday with Three 6 Mafia at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, and on the second day of the weekend hip-hop festival Rolling Loud New York, at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. The Ying Yang Twins replaced him for the Saturday show.

DMX, who has a long history of addiction issues and related jail time, similarly canceled three shows in April 2017. His management said at the time it was a "medical emergency" and that it was "important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer."

Tickets remain on sale for three upcoming shows, two of them festivals that have not announced him as a cancellation. He is scheduled to headline a show with music artist T-Pain Nov. 27 at the Mission Ballroom in Denver and appear Nov. 16 at the Lotos Music Festival in Boca Raton, Florida, and Dec. 7 at the V101 Throwback Holiday Jam in Sacramento, California.

Whether as a general affirmation or directed at DMX, T-Pain tweeted Sunday, "Stay positive. You’re doing great. Just keep going! You’re almost there."

DMX was released from Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in West Virginia on Jan. 25 after serving a yearlong sentence on federal tax-evasion charges.

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