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Erick Sermon Suffers Heart Attack, DJ Scratch Says ‘He’s Ok’

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 11/12/11

Erick SermonNew York rap vet Erick Sermon suffered a heart attack on Thursday (November 10), but is ok.

The news broke on Twitter, following a tweet from longtime EPMD producer DJ Scratch who revealed the news.

"Erick Sermon had a heart attack today," Scratch wrote (@DJScratch). "He's ok, but still send your prayers. He is not on Twitter."

Another close associate of the rapper, Kim Wingate -- who owns of JustShuddUp.com -- says she spoke to the 42-year-old rapper while in the hospital and reports that Sermon nearly died.

"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."

Further details were unknown at press time.

Erick Sermon, also known as "The Green-Eyed Bandit", is best known as one-half of the rap duo EPMD alongside partner PMD, real name Parrish Smith.

The duo rose to fame in the late 1980s with their debut album, Strictly Business, which featured the underground hit "Strictly Business," based on a sample of Eric Clapton's version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff."

EPMD later split, with Sermon pursing a solo career. He went on to release six solo project, his last being 2004's Chilltown, New York.

The duo later reunited and dropped their seventh album together, titled We Mean Business, in 2008.

[Updated: November 12, 2012 @ 10:52 pm PST]

  • Youngshannon

    What the hell? Bad week for rappers! Take care and get well Erick.

  • Kimgray64

    WOWW!!! GET WELL SOON, WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN DA MUSIC INDUSTRY !!!!?

  • Ed Boogie

    Get well Erick you scared me not another rapper

  • Kimberly Harris69

    UR MOST DEF N MY PRAYERS

  • Ed Boogie

    Get well soon you scared me first heavy dee then they was saying erick sermon too much in one too handle

  • Dimpleshot

    Get well soon !!!!

  • Monk_jrmonk

    Woow

  • Juicyt2006

    get well soon cause the streets need u we cant lose ya cause we truly love ya.

  • carl

    E hope you feel better I'm praying that you b o k

  • Coxreeshemah

    Get well soon.Erick Sermon.

  • DJGCUE

    Praise God, Erick gets 2 see another day. Ladies & Gents, we have to eat healthier & take our family history into a count

  • Ryan Harvey85

    True pioneer epmd forever

  • Dsmart

    All our pioneers to this rap shit is dying yall!!!!!! Big R.I.P to the big homey water bed HEV. SMOOTH ASS NIGGA that could dance his ass off and was always smooth with the hoes. Eric the blue eye bandit Sermon get better my nigga!!!!!!!! Guru what up!!!!!!!!

  • TXDiva

    Erick "YOU GOTS TO CHILL" cuz we can't see another rapper gone Praying for a speedy recovery! God bless

  • Oustem One

    Get well,E.....One LOVE,....Salute......

  • ANGIE STONE

    peace and blessing to ya, stay prayed up the devil has but a short time to reighn he trying to take out as many as he can be in right with the creator, for the word says No Man Knows the time or hour.

    Peace
    ANGIE STONE

  • Wmoon52

    E dubble , stay strong,put your fisherman hat on and relax,true fan praying for ya.

  • Walter Miller

    To Erick Sermon get well  soon fan .....Walter Miller

  • KrzyKaoz

    He's the "Green Eyed Bandit" NOT BLUE.......GET WELL SOON BROTHER AND PEOPLE PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH, YOU ONLY GET 1 LIFE TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tova

    Thank God you're OK Erick, Take care of yourself, black man. God bless.

  • Blackiemx6

    Green my dude!!