Lil Wayne is nearly dead ... at least, that's what TMZ is reporting. Lil Wayne was reportedly admitted to ICU and was in critical condition after suffering a seizure following a recent drug binge that involved copious intake of "sizzurp," the purple liquid created when prescription-strength cough syrup is mixed with alcohol. Lil Wayne, who is also known as Weezy F. Baby, has often rapped about his obsession with sizzurp, but it appears that the addiction may have gotten the best of him.
Lil Wayne was reportedly being given his last rites at 5:16 p.m. (PST), and TMZ reported that his family was surrounding him to say their goodbyes to the talented 30-year-old rap superstar. Lil Wayne is currently at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where he was rushed after suffering from multiple seizures. Lil Wayne was admitted to the hospital earlier this week for seizures, but he was permitted to leave the hospital on Wedesday. Shortly after he left the hopstial, one of Lil Wayne's body guards found the iconic rapper laying face-down on the floor and unconscious. It's still unclear how long Lil Wayne was passed out before being discovered.
TMZ reporters, known for their questionable reporting practices and incessant badgering of celebrities, have noted that family members have been surrounding Lil Wayne in the hospital and crying profusely. Sources close to the matter have told TMZ that Lil Wayne has been shaking uncontrollably for quite some time. There celebrity gossip publication also reports that "doctors found high amounts of codeine in Lil Wayne's system" meaning that the rapper likely went on a sizzurup binge before being admitted to the hospital. To add to the Lil Wayne death reports, TMZ reports that Lil Wayne's stomach was pumped three different times in order to rid his body over the poisons that he intentionally put into his body.
Lil Wayne's death reports sent a shockwave through Twitter. Fans couldn't believe that one of the greatest living rappers of all time might actually die at in incredibly young age. Although there's a strong history of rappers dying at a young age because of gang violence, this would be one of the first and certainly one of the more recent examples of a young rapper dying because of drug problems rather than gang violence. Lil Wayne's death would certainly have a gigantic impact on the hip-hop community, which recognized Lil Wayne as one of the greatest rappers of his generation.
Thankfully, there's news that Lil Wayne's death may actually just be a false rumor created by TMZ. "Wayne is alive and well! We watching the Syracuse game...thanks for the prayers and concern..he will update you all soon. #love," tweeted Mack Maine, a rapper and friend of Lil Wayne.
"We will be releasing an official statement shortly but dont believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe...that's false!!" he tweeted.
We will be releasing an official statement shortly but dont believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe...that's false!!
— Mack Maine (@mackmaine) March 16, 2013
As you can suspect, fans immediately began scouring Twitter for more information about Lil Wayne's death. Was Lil Wayne's death simply a hoax? Would this be another example of one of the greatest living rappers cutting his life short thanks to an unsustainable lifestyle? If Lil Wayne's death was really near, people wanted to know. Here's how people have been reacting on Twitter:
"Lil Wayne is in a coma, oh my god," tweeted Freshman.
""You had a lot of moments that didn't last forever." Hang in there, Lil Wayne," tweeted Ronan Farrow.
"NO I CAN'T GO OUT TONIGHT BECAUSE I'M LEGIT WORRYING ABOUT LIL' WAYNE," tweeted Victoria.
It's still unclear exactly what the condition of Lil Wayne is. If Mack Maine is telling the truth, Lil Wayne's near-death experience is simply part of a rumor. If TMZ is correct, and it's important to mention that the celebrity gossip blog is usually very good about reporting accurate information, then Lil Wayne will certainly have a long recovery process ahead, assuming he's pulled out of the reoccurring seizures. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.