Lil Wayne is said to be critical but stable after another round of severe seizures. After a scary Friday night in a Los Angeles hospital, the 30-year-old rapper is recovering and his mom has apparently flown in to be by his side.
But his camp claims that reports he was near death and about to get his last rites were wildly exaggerated. His friends had some, how you say, choice words for TMZ, the website that broke the dire news late Friday.
But before we let you in on what was said (over Twitter -- where else?), here's what happa. The troubled singer was hospitalized Tuesday after having multiple seizures and then released on Wednesday. But only hours later, another bout of uncontrollable seizures had overcome him and he rushed to the ER again.
When TMZ's "last rites" story appeared Friday night, online hysteria over Lil Wayne's supposed imminent death ran amok. Enter his peeps. Warning: four-letter words ahead!
Friend and rapper Mack Maine tweeted several statements about what was going on last night:
Wayne is alive and well! We watching the Syracuse game...thanks for the prayers and concern..he will update you all soon. #love
We will be releasing an official statement shortly but dont believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe...that's false!!
@TMZ and definitely don't try to kill a man before his time....so from the bottom of my soul and on behalf of my fam......FUCK YOU
That last bit has since been hidden and now his feed says simply:
Ummmm, okay then. No mincing what's meant there! In the middle of the diatribe, Lil Wayne tweeted: "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love." And TMZ took down the "last rites" story and amended it to say that the rap star was in extremely critical condition in the ICU and was even in an induced coma for a while as doctors tried to stabilize him. The details being reported are pretty shocking -- about a whole lot of codeine being in his system, stomach pumpings, a steady stream of visitors to the hospital ... You get the picture.
Meanwhile, Lil Wayne's crew have continued to downplay the whole thing, over Twitter mostly, though his rep did tell Us Weekly that "Wayne is doing well. We appreciate your concern."
So what's the truth here? Probably somewhere in between, as it usually is, and by the time this story publishes, it will probably be something different. What I don't get is, if Wayne is in critical condition, why hide it? Why try to make like he's just fine and this is just a minor hiccup? I understand being ultra upset about a gossip site reporting someone you love is close to death when he isn't, but why report the exact opposite and act like nothing's wrong?
Also, let's remember that this is a rap star we're talking about, not a president. I understand why reps stay mum on the health of world leaders until they've got solid answers. Stuff like that can cause uprisings and stock market crashes and mass societal shifts. But Lil Wayne's health problems? Sure, they're terribly heartbreaking and sad and worrying -- but they mainly affect him, his family, his friends, and his fans. They're not likely to cause a major sea change.
So let's all calm down, shall we, and just say our prayers that the singer continues to get better and gets this thing, whatever it is, under control. Our hearts are with you, Lil Wayne.
Do think the outrage over the Lil Wayne report was justified? Do you care?
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