Reports that former B2K member Raz B was in a coma in China this past weekend were a hoax, the singer’s agent said.
Manager Elayne Rivers told CNN Monday that the singer, whose real name is De’Mario Thornton, was injured in a nightclub fight, but his injuries weren’t as serious as they were made out to be.
“The comments about Raz being in a coma did not come from his official representative,” Rivers said.
The singer’s brother, who performs under the name Ricky Romance, also told CNN that he had been “misled by unknown reasons.” He said he panicked when he was unable to get in contact with Raz B.
“I then alerted as many people of this information hoping to gather facts… Since the source that gave me this information was what I thought to be legitimately reliable I didn’t question I just believed,” he said.
Romance added, “I apologize if I seem like I jumped to conclusions but a coma is a serious situation and it was concerning my brother whom is my best friend as well. I sincerely apologize for the confusion I caused if that is the case.”
Raz B had in fact been injured after getting hit in the face with a bottle at a nightclub in Zhejiang Friday, but that was where the truth ended. The next day, the site reported that the singer had fallen into a coma and was on life support, citing Raz B’s “rep,” Toy Jones.
Jones gave the same information to CNN Sunday, but would not identify the hospital where Raz B was supposedly being treated. Jones later sent a statement to CNN saying that he had miraculously recovered from his coma and would be released from the hospital in a few days.
Jones told CNN, “As far as I know it is true” that Raz B was in coma. She said she was hired by the family to get the story out to the media.