A private jet carrying hip-hop star Lil Wayne was forced to land twice in the span of a half-hour after the “Lollipop” performer was said to have suffered two seizures. Sources from TMZ say that at around 1:30 p.m. PT, Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., was en route to California from Milwaukee when the diminutive rapper began showing signs of the malady. The pilot made the decision to land the plane in Omaha, where paramedics quickly tended to the entertainer.
After a few minutes, Wayne regained consciousness and chose to continue onward to his destination instead of receiving further medical attention. Shortly after the flight’s departure from Omaha, Wayne once again began to convulse and seize, forcing the pilot to once again land the aircraft just 30 minutes after its second take-off. He was said to have once again lost consciousness by the time medical workers arrived back at the jet, and was swiftly taken to a nearby hospital.
While this wasn’t the first time that Wayne had gone through such an experience, it did eerily mirror the occurrence that ultimately forced him to relay to the world that he was an epileptic. Following two seizures that occurred 24 hours apart in 2012, the Young Money Entertainment star was hospitalized for several days in his home state of Louisiana. His reps attempted to counteract the reports, also originally shared by TMZ, by saying that Wayne had only been dealing with severe migraines. However, following another set of seizures that nearly cost him his life just one year later, the rapper chose to clear the air during a radio interview with L.A. hip-hop station Power 106.
“This wasn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth [or] seventh seizure,” he said during the 2013 conversation. “I have had a bunch of seizures, you just never hear about them. [After the last one,] my heart rate went down to 30 percent. I have people around me who know how to handle it, [but] this time was real bad because I had three back-to-back and the third one was [really] bad.”
Since Monday’s incident, several sources have claimed that Wayne’s current ordeal stems from his ongoing recreational use of “lean,” a popular concoction made from Sprite, a high amount of codeine-based cough syrup, and other substances. To loan credence, TMZ has posted several images of the rap star at a party just hours before take-off, where he is seen drinking from a white foam cup (most “lean” users have been known to drink the mixture out of such cups in order to disguise their habit by hiding the color of the liquid).
In the past, the rapper admitted on record both literally and figuratively that he partook in the party drug quite often, but swore during an interview with Katie Couric that he quit cold turkey due to the seizures they caused for him.
“I was doing it too much,” he shared, “and the doctor told me, ‘we can’t tell you what to do. The only one who can… is probably your mom, and I suggest [that she does].'”
Reps for Wayne have shared that the rapper is doing well enough to have signed himself out of the hospital early Tuesday afternoon.
“We can confirm that he did experience two minor seizures yesterday,” their statement read. “Under the guidance of his own doctors, he is now in stable condition and good spirits. He thanks his fans for their everlasting support, prayers and well wishes.”
Wayne’s most recent single, a collaborative effort with Chance the Rapper called “No Problem,” currently sits at No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
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