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Rapper Lil' Wayne Reportedly Hospitalized

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Grammy-winner Lil Wayne was reportedly taken to the hospital on Sept. 3 after being found unconscious in his Chicago hotel room.

According to his representative, the rapper suffered multiple seizures, reports TMZ.

In 2013, he revealed that he suffered from epilepsy after spending several days at a Los Angeles hospital, as reported by New Musical Express.

"The bad news is I'm an epileptic, I'm prone to seizures," he said at the time. "Like, this isn't my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I've had a bunch of seizures, y'all just never hear about them. But this time it got real bad 'cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent. Basically, I could've died, so that is why it was so serious. But the reason being for the seizures is just plain stress, no rest, overworking myself."

He explained that he has seizures so frequently that those close to him are ready. "They already know how to handle it," he 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, and I've never had three back to back like that."

He had been scheduled to perform a midnight show at Drais Beachclub in Las Vegas on Sept. 3, and his management tried to have him discharged in time for the performance, TMZ added. However, doctors advised against it.

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Another seizure caused him to cancel a Vegas show in 2016.

The New Orleans-born musician was only 9 years old when he signed his first record deal, notes the Daily Mail.

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder, explains the Epilepsy Foundation, which defines it as "a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures."

Persons are diagnosed with epilepsy if they have one or more seizures not caused by a known and reversible medical condition, such as low blood sugar or withdrawal from drugs. The cause is often unknown.

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Although the symptoms of a seizure can be manifested in any part of the body, they are always caused by electrical events in the brain.

As the Foundation notes, epilepsy can affect every part of a person's life, including their safety, relationships, work, ability to drive, and more. In addition, the public stigma associated with the condition often causes a bigger problem than the condition itself.

Sources: Daily Mail, TMZ, New Musical Express, Epilepsy Foundation / Featured Image: Megan Elice Meadows/Flickr / Embedded Images: Pexels (2)

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