Lil Wayne's "Purple Drank" Problem

Lil Wayne is near death from a possible codeine overdose — the rapper is in an induced coma and on life support at a Los Angeles–area hospital.

Lil Wayne is near death. As this story goes to press, Lil Wayne — real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. — was reportedly being read his last rites with his family saying their goodbyes at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, according to TMZ.

The website reports Lil Wayne is in critical condition after suffering several seizures. He was placed in an induced coma earlier this week after being admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, when he collapsed during the shooting of Nicki Minaj's music video for the song "High School."

Lil Wayne misses deposition due to seizures >>

Sources for TMZ say Lil Wayne might have suffered from a codeine overdose after the rapper went on what's known as a "sizzurp" binge. Lil Wayne's stomach was reportedly pumped three times after "doctors found high amounts of codeine in his system," says TMZ. Codeine is a narcotic used to treat pain and coughs. It can cause dizziness, shortness of breath and lightheadedness and is also classified as an opiate.

Lil Wayne has acknowledged his use of codeine in multiple rap songs, including "We Takin' Over" with the lyrics "I like my Sprite Easter-pink," which refers to mixing cough syrup with a soda like Sprite or Mountain Dew. Lil Wayne also discusses codeine use in "Duffle Bag Boy," in which he raps, "Weed and syrup until I die."

October 2012: Lil Wayne hospitalized in Texas >>

In 2008, MTV said Lil Wayne publicly discussed his use of codeine, explaining to a New Jersey concert audience that "sipping syrup" was cultural.

"I've been criticized for the things I chose and things I've chosen to do," said Lil Wayne at the concert. Although the article does not quote Lil Wayne directly referencing his drug use. MTV went on to say Lil Wayne finds it difficult to stay off codeine.

"Do you history, do your research," said Lil Wayne. "It ain't that easy — feels like death in your stomach when you stop doing that sh**. You gotta learn how to stop, you gotta go through detox..."

In 2012, Lil Wayne was hospitalized in Texas for dehydration and a severe migraine, though some speculated it was actually for a seizure. TMZ later reported that Lil Wayne had reported to a judge that he could not make a scheduled deposition due to suffering from "several seizure-like episodes."

TMZ reports Lil Wayne's mother is currently on a plane to Los Angeles so she can decide whether or not life support should be discontinued.

We wish the best for Lil Wayne and his family during this difficult time.

Update: There are currently conflicting reports as to the condition of Lil Wayne. TMZ stands by its report and says Lil Wayne is stabilizing but his "prognosis is uncertain." TMZ does not specify its sources of information regarding Lil Wayne's condition or his possible overdose.

About an hour ago, Lil Wayne's Twitter account was updated: "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love." CNN reports Mack Maine, the president of Lil Wayne's music label Young Money, tweeted the TMZ report was untrue: "Don't believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe... that's false."

We will update this story as it develops.

Photo courtesy of Ai-Wire/


Recommended for you


Comments on "Lil Wayne near death from possible codeine overdose"

slepy-u July 02, 2013 | 12:00 PM

I cant believe that LiL.wayne would do some stupid ---- like that...Get your ------- facts striaght.

sarah June 23, 2013 | 11:49 AM

no sypmpathy here. You be ashamed of yourself. there are kids that are influenced by YOU..and I am glad they can finally see the outcome of the horrible things you are done to yourself and body.

Lk May 27, 2013 | 3:23 PM

May God give him strength and also protect him.AMEN

Adenusi olamilekan May 27, 2013 | 3:16 PM

If weezy is already in a god condition he should please remember God all d time and come closer to God and also pray that God should forgive him then his family should also pray that nothin' like that should happen to him again and i pray for him because he is my best musician

Benson May 26, 2013 | 3:15 PM

oh " heavily father. set forth ya healing. hands upon lilwyne, make him recover. from this illness '""

Beneteau March 20, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Someone who deliberately abuses the body that God gave them receives very little sympathy from me; especially someone, like Lil’ Wayne, who has it all!

me March 16, 2013 | 11:52 PM

Now, if only people would channel this much energy and prayer into carrying about sick, rejected, starving, and impoverished people around the world instead of prodigal and depraved druggies....maybe the world could become a better place.

cate March 16, 2013 | 11:49 PM

Dead from codiene? Glad he's supposedly all right, but no one dies from codiene. That's a joke.

Nicole March 16, 2013 | 1:19 PM


Jamie Rouse-Ferrerira March 16, 2013 | 10:07 AM

Dear Lord, Our Heavenly Father, Please look after and protect our beloved Weezy, Heavenly father please look And little Wayne ministering angels around his mind body and soul bring him back to good health Minister UR ANGELS AROUND him n his close family friends and all of us alike ,give us strength to give him support and strength as well Lord let him take this lesson and turn it into something that will be positive and righteous in your eyes and and forgive us all for our sins and let us take care of our bodies cause one body is mostly what we have rights to.. Amen

I.a.n March 16, 2013 | 5:10 AM

Why would he thank people for their prayers if he hadn't been in some bad condition?

Hanhepi Cetan March 15, 2013 | 7:10 PM

Why don't you find out the truth before you post some stupid crap like this? She knows entertainment? You don't know anything. He is just fine. No overdose. No seizures. Idiot

+ Add Comment

(required - not published)