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

By Allen Starbury  |  11/12/2011

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]