TMZ reported on March 15 that multi-platinum rapper Lil Wayne was in critical condition and was being prepared for his last rites in the ICU at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The gossip site says that all decisions regarding Lil Wayne’s health are on hold until his mother arrives at the scene. She is reported to be on a plane heading to LA.
Associates of the rapper and his record label have denied TMZ’s claims to Billboard.
The rapper, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was hospitalized earlier in the week on March 12 after suffering through multiple seizures on the set of a music video. He was released on March 13, but then readmitted later in the evening after Wayne was found unconscious in his hotel room by his security.
TMZ stated that “Sources say there’s evidence Wayne went on a Sizzurp binge after being released Wednesday, because doctors found high amounts of codeine in his system”
Sizzurp is the ingredient in cough syrup that Lil Wayne has glamorized the abuse of. Imbibing the substance will give the user a drunk-like feeling.
The gossip site added, “We’re told Wayne is currently ‘unstable,’ and has been placed in an induced coma. He is breathing through tubes. We’re told several people are at Wayne’s bedside crying, and a number of rap artists and family members are on the way.”
Fellow celebrities Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith are both suspected to have died of similar codeine overdoses.
Update 9:00 pm PST: TMZ refuted a tweet sent out on Lil Wayne's official Twitter account saying that he was doing better, standing by their story that the rapper's condition is undetermined. TMZ added that Lil Wayne is currently sound asleep and therefore was definitely not the source of the tweet sent out in his name.