Rapper Lil Wayne was reportedly in very serious or even critical condition tonight — with speculation that seizures the hip-hop star was alleged to have been suffering stemmed from overuse of the drug codeine.
But as news of Lil Wayne’s reported life-threatening convalescence ping-ponged around the web, the rapper soon shot back to say that news of his supposed imminent demise had been greatly exaggerated.
Most of the Lil Wayne reports seemed to stem from this tweet from TMZ, approaching nearly 10,000 retweets on Twitter late Friday night:
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 15, 2013
As the social web believed Lil Wayne was at death’s door, much buzzing occurred about the autotune loving star’s condition — as well as general reaction to Lil Wayne himself. Top tweets included:
Lil Wayne almost dies everyone worries. Lil Wayne compares Emmett Till’s lynched beaten face to a woman’s vagina no one worries. #Sad
— Sheppard Sheppards (@TheRealShephard) March 16, 2013
Lil Wayne probably didn’t pay his monthly illuminati membership fees.
— Junior Seïde (@Im_An_Immigrant) March 16, 2013
Best Harlem Shake yet, feat Lil Wayne.
— Ratchet Humor (@RatchetHumor) March 16, 2013
I’m not a doctor but have you tried giving Lil Wayne some cough syrup
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) March 16, 2013
Young Money’s publicist’s official statement on Lil Wayne’s health… bit.ly/Yxbfvx
— Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) March 16, 2013
DIDN’T THAT OLD ASIAN DUDE TELL YOU NOT TO GET LIL WAYNE WET OR FEED HIM AFTER MIDNIGHT?
— Pauly Casillas (@PaulyPeligroso) March 16, 2013
But soon reports emerged that Lil Wayne and his flak were denying accounts he was near death:
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 16, 2013
Lil’ Wayne ‘Alive and Well’ — Source Confirms Seizure. ow.ly/j1MAC
— People magazine (@peoplemag) March 16, 2013
Which, of course, did not stop Twitter from trying to kill off Lil Wayne anyway:
R.I.P LiL Wayne , September 27, 1982 – March 15, 2013. smh :/ twitter.com/LastKingsNinja…
— Andre Williams(@LastKingsNinja) March 16, 2013
The rapper has not disclosed the nature of his illness.