Lil Wayne is epileptic; other stars who’ve battled the condition

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Lil Wayne‘s extended stay in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last week has been shrouded in contradicting stories and second-hand accounts. Now, the hip-hop star has spoken up and shared the details of exactly what happened to him. Wayne spoke to Power 106 in Los Angeles about his medical scare to reveal his status of health.

“The bad news is I’m epileptic so I’m prone to seizures,” Wayne explained during the interview. “This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures. Y’all just never hear about them. But this time, it got real bad because I had three of them in a row. With the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent,” he explained. “The reason being for the seizures is just plain stress, no rest and overworking myself.”

The controversial rapper revealed that his associates already know to expect the seizures but this particular situation was especially severe. “I have people around me. I’ve actually have seizures so much, they already know what to do. They already expect it. They already know how to handle it,” Wayne said. “Certain times I don’t even go to the hospital but this time it was real bad because, like I said, it was three in a row. I’ve never had three back-to-back like that and the third one was so bad.”

Despite the fact that gossip site TMZ reported that he was initially near death when he was rushed to the hospital, Wayne shrugged off any notion that he was angry with the media brand for its early reports. “Nah,” Wayne replied, when asked if he has any hard feelings towards TMZ. “Nah. That’s what they do. I can’t be upset at that. I get upset at my kids when they do things I tell them not to do. I can’t get upset at TMZ for doing what they do. They gon’ probably come out tomorrow and say something else about somebody else that ain’t true. That’s what they do. The truth isn’t good enough for them so they gotta twist everything up.”

Wayne is far from the only musician to suffer from epilepsy. Some have lost their lives to the condition, which can be exacerbated by both the rigors of touring and the stress of performing under intense lighting…

Stereo Williams
Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.



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