Lil Wayne's Health Scare: What's Really Going On?

Rumors are swirling that the rapper is in a coma and in critical condition -- but his friends insist he's doing just fine

Lil Wayne has been in the hospital for six days now, and depending on who you believe, he's either in critical condition or totally fine. The rapper checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Tuesday, after reportedly suffering seizures while shooting a music video. On Thursday, TMZ issued a shocking report that Wayne, 30, was in critical condition and had been placed in a medically induced coma.

According to the gossip site, Wayne checked out of the hospital on Wednesday, then was found passed out on the floor a few hours later by one of his bodyguards. Wayne was rushed back to the hospital, where he continued to have uncontrollable seizures. TMZ claims that the second round of seizures was induced by a "Sizzurp binge," as the doctors reportedly found large amounts of codeine in the rapper's system and had to pump his stomach at least three times.

As of Monday, the website is reporting that Wayne's condition is still unstable, and that he is being monitored closely in the intensive care unit.

However, some of Lil Wayne's friends have spoken out on his behalf, saying that TMZ's reports are exaggerated or flat-out false. On Twitter, rapper T.I. cursed out TMZ for lying about his friend, saying that he'd spoken to him personally and "he skraight." Singer B.o.B also posted a tweet that appears to be about Wayne:

Rapper 2 Chainz seemed to concur, tweeting, "Prayers. Media ought to be ashamed."

Wayne's record label Young Money has also rallied to his side, with president Mack Maine tweeting, "Wayne is alive and well! We watching the Syracuse game...thanks for the prayers and concern..he will update you all soon. We will be releasing an official statement shortly but dont believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe...that's false!!"

Cash Money CEO Birdman was one of several celebrities (including Nicki Minaj and Drake) spotted at the hospital; he tweeted on Friday that Wayne was "feelin good" and would be "home soon."

There's still no official statement on what caused Lil Wayne's condition, however serious it may be. Most of the speculation centers around his love of "sizzurp" or "syrup," the codeine-laced cough syrup that has become a drug of choice in the hip-hop community. MTV News reports that Wayne has a history of seizures, that a genetic seizure condition could be triggered by an addiction to syrup. The Daily Beast spoke to an anonymous family member who is worried that the habit is killing him.

“I just don’t now how long he can go on doing this and lasting like this,’’ said the concerned source. “Somebody is helping him, and they have to stop, because damage is being done to him even if we can’t see it. He has kids and people who need to him to get better and get off that stuff for good.’’

Lil Wayne himself has spoke up only once, via Twitter on Friday. Though TMZ is casting doubt on whether the rapper wrote the tweet himself, it's been enough to keep fans hopeful.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+.

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