Lil Wayne remains hospitalized - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Lil Wayne remains hospitalized

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

Initial reports said that Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne was in critical condition and close to death following a seizure, but a publicist for his record label says he is now recovering.

Lil Wayne has been hospitalized in the past because of seizures. And there has been much speculation about what caused them.

The 30-year-old has previously spoken in the past about his addiction to sizzurp,  a concoction of prescription-strength codeine cough syrup mixed with soda.

Dr. Jeff Gardere, a psychologist, says its highly addictive.

"Not only does it give us a feeling of wellness and euphoria, but it also causes us to release neurotransmitters or hormones -- one in particular such as dopamine -- so the dopamine is released due to the drug and says ooh that feels good," Gardere says.

Lil wayne's 2008 song called "Me and My Drank," is all about the mixture. That same year he told MTV News that quitting the drink.

As it turns out, sizzurp may be a growing trend.

A 2012 National Institute on Drug Abuse survey found over 5 percent of high school seniors said they had gotten high off of cough medicine.

"It makes sense for young people who idolize, worship hip-hop artists who start doing this codeine, this sizzurp, for them to say wow so cool that they're doing it, that's our role model, we'll give it a try too," Gardere says.

Lil Wayne remains hospitalized in Los Angeles.

  • EntertainmentMore>>

  • GIRLTALK #takeover

    Angela Simmons reaches out

    Angela Simmons reaches out

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:09:20 GMT
    The Boys and Girls Club of Newark seems like the last place you'd expect to find the daughter of hip hop royalty. But when it comes to inspiring young girls, Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, believes in the old adage "each one, teach one." While it may seem like she had a silver spoon in her mouth, she knows the importance of giving back.
    The Boys and Girls Club of Newark seems like the last place you'd expect to find the daughter of hip hop royalty. But when it comes to inspiring young girls, Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev. Run of Run DMC, believes in the old adage "each one, teach one." While it may seem like she had a silver spoon in her mouth, she knows the importance of giving back.
  • Neil Young files for divorce after nearly 37 years of marriage

    Neil Young files for divorce after nearly 37 years of marriage

    Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife Pegi Young, E! News reports.
    Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife Pegi Young, E! News reports.
  • Rapper Joe Budden arrested

    Rapper Joe Budden arrested

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:52:27 GMT

    Rapper Joe Budden was arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of his ex-girlfriend's cell phone earlier this month. Police had been looking for the New Jersey resident since Aug. 18 after a heated argument with the woman inside his car in Washington Heights. After he was arrested on Wednesday, Budden apparently Tweeted several times from jail.

    Rapper Joe Budden was arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of his ex-girlfriend's cell phone earlier this month. Police had been looking for the New Jersey resident since Aug. 18 after a heated argument with the woman inside his car in Washington Heights. After he was arrested on Wednesday, Budden apparently Tweeted several times from jail.

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices