Days after it was reported that Lil Wayne suffered multiple seizures , the rapper was said to be in critical condition in a Los Angeles hospital. On Friday (March 15), the Young Money rap icon was taken to Cedars-Sinai after enduring yet another set of seizures, according to an online report. But as the story was unraveling, setting the Internet ablaze, the closest members of Wayne’s YMCMB camp were offering conflicting reports.
What we know so far, based on reports, is that Wayne was taken to the hospital on Tuesday and released on Wednesday. But within hours of that release, he was found unconscious in his room by his bodyguards, according to TMZ. The rapper was again rushed to the hospital, although this time, his condition appeared to be even more serious. The website reported that several people in Wayne’s camp were at his bedside and that his mother was making arrangements to board a flight to Los Angeles.
Despite what read like detailed reports from TMZ, citing unnamed sources, Wayne’s close friend and Young Money president Mack Maine refuted the dire claims via his Twitter account. “Wayne is still alive and well! We watching the Syracuse game…thanks for the prayers and concern..he will update you all soon. #love,” he wrote on Friday at 8:19 p.m. ET. “We will be releasing an official statement shortly but don’t believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe….that’s false!”
Mack Maine took to the social networking site again 30 minutes after his initial tweets, this time directing his messages directly at the tabloid site. “@TMZ it’s certain sh–you should not talk about or play with if u don’t kno what u talking bout….dont deceive the fans of the people,” he wrote. “@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…..F—YOU.”
Cash Money CEO and Wayne’s father figure, Birdman, retweeted Mack’s initial tweet before reiterating that there was a statement on the way. He then sent a message of his own, writing, “My son is in good spirit..feelin much betta…be home soon.YMCMB.”
At 9:28 p.m., reassurance appeared to come from Wayne, himself, when a tweet was sent from his account saying, “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.”
I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) March 16, 2013
MTV News reached out to the New Orleans rapper’s reps who confirmed, “Lil Wayne is recovering.”
TMZ had earlier reported that Wayne’s condition was critical, going so far as to say that he was being “prepared for his last rites.”
MTV News will continue to report on this story as it develops.