Lil Wayne released from hospital, recovering at hotel
Rapper Lil Wayne was reportedly recovering at a Los Angeles hotel Tuesday following a nearly weeklong hospitalization due to a seizure.
The 30-year-old Grammy-winner's publicist confirmed to CNN late Monday that Lil Wayne had been discharged, with Us Weekly adding that he and his associates are staying at a hotel. Referring to Lil Wayne by his Twitter handle, the president of his Young Money record label, Mack Maine, tweeted late Monday, "@LilTunechi has been officially been released and is headed home . . . God is great."
Despite widespread concern and speculation that he had been near death, Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he was quite well and was watching the ESPN2 sports-talk show, "Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable."
Shortly afterward, Lil Wayne tweeted, "I'm feeling a lot better and again thk u all for ur love and prayers. It was truly felt . . . pause."
Young Money publicist Sarah Cunningham said on Friday that Lil Wayne had suffered a seizure. However, Us Tuesday suggested his recent hospitalization had resulted from overdosing on "sizzurp," a narcotic mixture of prescription-strength cough syrup, sugary soda and hard candy.
Lil Wayne's friend, the rapper and music producer Birdman, told Hot 97 radio personality Angie Martinez Tuesday that "it had nothing to do with drugs" and insisted: "To me, honestly, it's his work ethic. How hard he works. How much dedication he gives to his music and his fans . . . [He] just needs to get some rest and relax. He'll be back, normal, like everyone else."