Rapper Lil Wayne apparently suffered multiple seizures on Monday afternoon, forcing his plane to make an emergency landing.
As of 5:28 p.m. ET, Wayne was transported to a hospital, reported TMZ. Wayne was flying from Milwaukee to California when the first seizure hit, and he reportedly blacked out and a pilot carried out an emergency landing in Omaha, Nebraska.
Wayne regained consciousness by the time the plane landed. However, Wayne, born Dwayne Carter, refused medical treatment. Shortly after that, he suffered another seizure and the plane had to make an emergency landing, TMZ reported.
On his social media pages, neither Wayne or a representative have confirmed the medical emergency.
The New Orleans rapper has previously spoken of suffering from epilepsy his entire life. He said that he’s suffered attacks on his work schedule.
“I’m an epileptic, so I’m prone to seizures,” Wayne, 33, told Los Angeles radio station Power 106 in 2013.
He said at the time after a particularly bad bout: “This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures. Y’all just never hear about it. It got real bad because I got three [seizures] in a row, and on the third one my heart rate went down to, like, 30 percent,” he said. “Basically, I could’ve died soon. That’s why it was so serious.”
Epilepsy is a group of related disorders characterized by recurrent seizures, and there are different types of seizures and epilepsy, says the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. They range, according to the site, from “severe, life-threatening and disabling, to ones that are much more benign.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include:
- Temporary confusion
- A staring spell
- Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
- Loss of consciousness or awareness
- Psychic symptoms
Epilepsy doesn’t have a singular, identifiable cause in around half of those with the condition, but for others, head trauma, certain brain conditions, genetics, certain diseases, developmental disorders, and prenatal injury factor into the illness.