Mexican actor Rafael Amaya had to recover in hospital after suffering a reported drug overdose last week.
The 38-year-old actor, who is mostly known for his role in El Senor del los Cielos, was, according to Contact Music, treated at Mexico City’s Hospital Espanol in the intensive care unit on the morning of October, 27, 2015.
Reports have suggested that Rafael Amaya was originally admitted to the hospital because he was suffering from tachycardia, which is an abnormally fast heart rate. But it was then alleged that he was then quickly treated for drug intoxication as well.
According to the Latin Times, Rafael Amaya was diagnosed with these symptoms at around 4 a.m. He was then rushed to the intensive care unit of Hospital Espanol, where he was immediately cared for in a private, restricted area of the hospital.
Rafael Amaya finally awoke from this treatment at around 2 p.m. later that day. Then, two hours later, Amaya started to eat again, and then a short time later, he was walking.
However, while it’s all but been confirmed that Rafael Amaya was in the hospital, the rumors over his alleged drug overdose haven’t been confirmed yet.
Telemundo, the American Spanish-language broadcast network that airs the hugely popular El Senor De Los Cielos, released a statement that attempted to clarify the situation earlier this week.
But, rather than doing that, Telemundo only admitted that Rafael Amaya didn’t shoot episodes for the fourth season of El Senor De Los Cielos last week but refused to confirm why Rafael Amaya was out of commission for this period.
“We don’t make comments on rumors about the narco-series is going according to schedule,” the Telemundo statement read, via the Latin Times. “After being out last week, we are happy to know that Rafael is fine and took some well deserved vacation days after 11 months of filming non-stop.”
The statement continued, “The production of season 4 of El Senor De Los Cielos is almost done and will continue as planned. This series has been a hit and a big part of that is due to Rafael’s hard work and dedication. He is a great profession and a dear member of the Telemundo family.”
On Thursday, October 29, 2015, Amaya took to his Twitter account to post a cryptic message that alluded to his problems. In Spanish, Amaya wrote a post that translated to, “Coming back from the dead.”
Regresando de la muerte.
— Rafael Amaya (@RafaAmayaNunez) October 30, 2015
Later that day, Rafael Amaya uploaded another message to Twitter that teased his issues, which read, “Ongoing mutation.”
Rather ironically, in El Senor De Los Cielos, Rafael Amaya plays the drug lord Aurelio Casillas.
Previous rumors started by TVyNovelas magazine, via the Latin Times, had suggested that fame had recently gone to Amaya’s head.
In fact, it had even been alleged that he has been treating staff on the show rather badly, as the actor had been turning up late to shooting too. Because of his actions, Amaya was reportedly fined around $1,800 ($300,000 Mexican pesos) for not arriving on time.
Rafael Amaya is widely regarded as one of the main reasons for the success of El Senor de los Cielos. Since he joined the show, in January 2013, El Senor de los Cielos picked up an International Emmy in 2014, and Amaya was rewarded for his performance by winning the best actor accolade at the 2014 Premios Tu Mundo.
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