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Lil Wayne Hospitalized

Grammy-winning and multiplatinum-selling rapper Lil Wayne suffered a seizure.

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LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning and multiplatinum-selling rapper Lil Wayne suffered a seizure and “is recovering,” according to his representatives.

Its been rumored that Lil Wayne’s most recent hospitalization may have been triggered by Sizzurp binge.

Sizzurp is a syrupy drink that’s a mixture of prescription cough syrup ( promethazine with codeine), soda and jolly ranchers, for added sweetness.

The concoction produces an intoxicating high but drinking too much of the stuff can be deadly.

Pharmacist Julie Chen says, “codeine is in the same class of drug as morphine, people like to take it for getting a body high or a sense of euphoria,” but she warns, “codeine can kill.”

Sizzurp, also known as “purple drank,” first originated in the south in the 1990′s.

Its popularity quickly rose as rappers wrote lyrics about the liquid.

The deadly dangers of drinking too much were demonstrated with the deaths of DJ Screw in 2000 and Rapper Pimp C in 2008.

In both cases, the coroner ruled their deaths as accidental overdoses of codeine and promethazine — the main ingredients in Sizzurp.

The dangers of potentially overdosing have not stopped a Compton rapper known as Double-P from choosing Sizzurp as not just a drink of choice, but a lifestyle.

During an interview with KTLA in 2010, he shared, “some people smoke a cigarette in the morning, they say their first cigarette makes them feel a certain way. Me, the first cup of Sizzurp helps me start my day off right.”

While rhyming about Sizzurp on his new album, Double-P claims his cough syrup prescription is completely legal. However, illegal trafficking of the medicine is a serious problem.

Meanwhile, today’s rappers and hip-hop artists continue to glorify Sizzurp in their lyrics and that has the DEA concerned.

“Anytime a substance that can be so dangerous is popularized through music or our culture, it becomes something that we need to be very worried about,” says DEA Sarah Pullen.

LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning and multiplatinum-selling rapper Lil Wayne suffered a seizure and “is recovering,” his record label’s publicist said Friday.

“I’m good everybody,” read a message on Lil Wayne’s Twitter account. “Thnx for the prayers and love.”

While acknowledging a medical issue, members of the New Orleans’ artist’s camp shot down reports that he was near death.

Rick Chambers has new details.

LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning and multiplatinum-selling rapper Lil Wayne suffered a seizure and “is recovering,” his record label’s publicist said Friday.

“I’m good everybody,” read a message on Lil Wayne’s Twitter account. “Thnx for the prayers and love.”

While acknowledging a medical issue, members of the New Orleans’ artist’s camp shot down reports that he was near death.

“Don’t believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe … that’s false!!” tweeted Mack Maine, the president of Lil Wayne’s Young Money label, around 5:20 p.m. (8:20 p.m. ET) Friday.

Sarah Cunningham, a publicist with the Young Money record label, acknowledged that Lil Wayne had a seizure.

The public relations department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Los Angeles hospital where the rapper is reportedly being treated, did not confirm or deny that Lil Wayne is there, per its policy.

Maine didn’t offer much detail, though he did say that he and Lil Wayne had been watching the Syracuse University Orange play Georgetown in the Big East men’s basketball tournament.

“Wayne is alive and well!” the record label president wrote on Twitter.

The rapper’s independent publicist, Kia Selby, said only, “Lil Wayne is doing well.” She strongly denied reports he was in a medically induced coma, as reported by TMZ.

Born Dwayne Carter, Lil Wayne is one of the rap world’s most successful artists. He won best rap album for “Tha Carter III” at the 2008 Grammy awards, and took home three more Grammys the following year.

Beyond winning over critics, he’s also been a commercial success. Last September, Billboard reported the rapper had tallied 109 hits on its Hot 100, surpassing the record previously held by Elvis Presley.

But he’s also run into trouble outside the studio and stage.

Lil Wayne was arrested in 2007 outside New York City’s Beacon Theater after police said they found a .40-caliber pistol on his tour bus.

He ended up pleading guilty to felony gun charges and spending eight months at New York’s Rikers Island jail.

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