Lil Wayne explains health scare: I'm an epileptic, had 3 seizures (Transcript)
Lil Wayne has opened up about the status of his health following a recent scare that landed him in the hospital -- he says he has epilepsy and was treated at a medical center after suffering three seizures in a row.
On March 15, reps for the 30-year-old rapper and his record label said he had had one and was "doing well," following a TMZ report that said he was in critical condition in a medical center's ICU, which had spurred "#PrayForWeezy" to trend on Twitter. His friends also Tweeted that Lil Wayne was doing well, while a Tweet saying "I'm good" was later posted on his Twitter page.
Lil Wayne talked about the incident and his epilepsy, which is an incurable brain disorder that causes spasms or loss of consciousness, in an interview with DJ Felli Fel on the radio station Power 106 FM in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 28. Check out a transcript below.
"The thing is, man, the bad news is, I'm an epileptic. I'm prone to seizures. This isn't my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I've had a bunch of seizures. Ya'll just never hear about them. But this time, it got real bad because I had three of them in a row and then [during] the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent, basically. Basically, I could've died, so that is why it was so serious."
"So that was why it was so serious. But the reason being for the seizures is just plain stress, no rest, overworking myself. That's just typical me, though."
"I have ... people around me .. they already know what to do. They already know how to handle it. 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 this." "And the third one was so bad and I live in the [Hollywood] Hills in L.A. The reason why it was bad was that I live all the way at the top so you know how hard it is getting down those hills. That was what was so scary about it. ... As a matter of fact, I hate where I live 'cause they've got mountain lions and all that type of stuff up there."
Lil Wayne added that he was not upset at TMZ for the way the outlet reported his health scare, adding: "I get upset at my kids when they do things that I tell them not to do. I can't be upset at TMZ for doing what they do."
The rapper was put on seizure medication in 2012 after suffering what he called "seizure-like" symptoms.
Meanwhile, Lil Wayne is concentrating on his music. This week, he released a new album, "I Am Not a Human Being II" and plans to go on tour in July and August (see tour dates).