Rapper Lil Wayne is breaking his silence after suffering two seizures in a 24-hour period. The rapper, who has a history of having seizures, had to receive treatment for having seizures close together.
At the time of the seizures, he was on a flight from Milwaukee to California, and it needed to be diverted to Nebraska where he was brought in to a local hospital for some treatment.
Reports immediately speculated that the seizures were from the popular drink “Lean.”
His rep spoke to E!.
“We can confirm that he did experience two minor seizures yesterday. 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 also tweeted to his supporters after the whole ordeal.
thanx for all the prayers!! I love y’all
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 14, 2016
Sippin on sizzurp pic.twitter.com/6SDEALgXlW
— Alexander Gutierrez (@agutierrez1580) June 11, 2016
Lean is made up of promethazie, codeine syrup, and a drink, often sprite or a flavored drink, and sometimes a jolly rancher candy for more flavor. The codeine is the main culprit for the high people experience on “lean” or “sizzurp.”
The drink became so popular that in 2014, USA TODAY wrote about the effects one can have while drinking the concoction.
“Too much codeine and promethazine can depress the central nervous and respiratory systems, stopping the heart and lungs. Doctors also see nausea, dizziness, impaired vision, memory loss, hallucinations and seizures. Bottom line: It can be deadly, especially when mixed with other drugs and alcohol. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says: “Teens may think that just because something is available from the pharmacy, it won’t harm them — but that’s not true.”
It’s said that Lil Wayne was hospitalized after having “seizure-like” symptoms, but later on, it was said that it was due to dehydration and migraines. That said, this isn’t the first time Lil Wayne has had “seizure-like” episodes.
Lil Wayne downed three bottles of lean the night before his seizure pic.twitter.com/WyydSczvhD
— HIP HOP FACTS (@DailyRapFacts) June 15, 2016
Back in 2013, Lil Wayne was hospitalized and said to be in critical condition after going through seizures after drinking sizzurp.
According to TMZ, the rapper was even given his last rites and his family and friends were around him. According to sources, “doctors found high amounts of codeine in his system.”
Then mysteriously, Lil Wayne was fine. His friend Mack Maine tweeted.
“We will be releasing an official statement shortly but don’t believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe…that’s false!!”
Shortly after, Wayne’s publicist told CNN the following.
“He did have a seizure and that he is recovering.”
The last time we heard about Lil Wayne and his alleged addiction to sizzurp was last month when his name popped up due to an incident in Silver Springs, Maryland, where school children were hospitalized trying to imitate rappers like Wayne by drinking “lean” or “purple drank.”
Then, it was reported in a separate incident that rapper Curren$y almost died while hanging out with Lil Wayne. It was described as a “sizzurp incident” and at the time, Curren$y said it was purely accidental. His intention wasn’t to drink sizzurp, but he grabbed a bottle, which happened to be laced with codeine and found himself in trouble.
This recent hospitalization of Lil Wayne got his fans so worried that the hashtag #PrayForWeezy started to trend on Twitter.
Too much bad news in the World #PrayForWeezy
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) June 13, 2016
If Wayne died that wouldn’t feel right to me cause that’s one of my favorite childhood rappers you feel me #prayforweezy
— DAE (@smooove_dae) June 13, 2016
If Wayne dies we skipping straight to 2017 #prayforweezy
— nelson (@nelsonboomin) June 14, 2016
Why is 2016 a long episode of greys anatomy,everyone’s leaving and everyone’s dying. #PrayForWeezy
— حصة.. (@Hessaov) June 14, 2016
Wayne had a seizure mid flight on his private jet, had to have an emergency landing. #PrayForWeezy
— CB (@_CaseyChiefs) June 14, 2016
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