Exactly what is going on with Lil Wayne? For the second time this week, the "No Worries" rapper was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles for seizures.
Although TMZ broke the story Friday (March 15) that Lil Wayne was again in the hospital in critical condition, a report that included anonymous sources giving macabre details of an induced coma, people at his bedside crying, and an intubated Lil Wayne was "shaking uncontrollably," CNN later reported that friends and associates were reassuring fans and others that none of that was true.
Publicist Sarah Cunningham, who works for the Lil Wayne's record label, Young Money, acknowledged that the rapper had a seizure.
President of the label, Mack Maine, took to Twitter less than an hour after TMZ first posted the story: "We will be releasing an official statement shortly but dont believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe...that's false!!"
Maine said that he and the rapper had been watching the Big East basketball tournament game between Georgetown and Syracuse.
Nearly two hours after being admitted to Cedars-Sinai, a reassuring tweet appeared on the artist's Twitter account: "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love."
The disturbing aspect of the story is that Lil Wayne was just released from the same hospital on Wednesday. TMZ reported Thursday that the rapper had been shooting a video Tuesday night when struck by seizures and was rushed to the hospital. He was treated and released early Wednesday morning.
But having multiple seizures is nothing new to the artist. Back in October, Lil Wayne was, oddly enough, hit with seizures twice within a 24-hour period, both times on airplanes.
The "It's Good" rapper acknowledged in November that he was taking anti-seizure medication. Exactly what that medication is for remains a mystery.
Lil Wayne is one of the most prolific and successful rap artists in history, his ten studio albums (one a collaboration with rapper/producer Birdman), one remix, and 25 mixtapes have amassed 13 million sales (in the US) and over 37 million singles sales. He has also been part of a record-breaking 109 charting singles (as lead or featured artist), breaking a record set by Elvis Presley.