LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Lil Wayne is not dead this March 2013. On Friday, Lil Wayne was falsely reported near death by TMZ. As fans began to learn what happened to Lil Wayne from his official representatives – including record label heads, friends, and industry leaders – TMZ still refused to retract their false story. But by noon Saturday, nearly twenty hours had passed and TMZ still had not retracted its wrong reports about the rapper.
On Friday, TMZ proclaimed “We broke the story…. Wayne was rushed to the hospital again, but this time he did not stabilize. He was taken to ICU, where he was placed in restraints because he was shaking uncontrollably. We’re told Wayne is currently ‘unstable,’ and has been placed in an induced coma. He is breathing through tubes.” The gossip story, likes others previously from TMZ, called into questions patients rights’ to medical privacy. But Wayne’s reps quickly told news that TMZ had wrong reporting. First, Weezy’s reps said that no “induced coma” ever occurred. Second, Wayne was never breathing through life support tubes, claimed the rapper’s friends.
On Friday TMZ also falsely reported “Wayne’s mother is currently on a plane flying to Los Angeles – and we’re told all major decisions about Wayne’s health (including the decision to discontinue life support) will not be made until she arrives.” That sentence remained posted by midday Saturday, even thought it too was false, according to the rapper’s friends. Hi reps told news first that Lil Wayne reportedly was never on life support. Second, no “decision to discontinue life support” even existed.
Meantime, details about Weezy’s condition was being tweeted by Lil Wayne himself, Mack Maine, Birdman, Nicki Minaj, and others associated with the rapper. But after Lil Wayne tweeted a message thanking fans for their support, TMZ wrote “Wayne is sleeping right now … which is odd, because he just tweeted saying he’s OK and thanking people for the prayers and love.” That infuriated the rapper’s fans even more.
Since then, TMZ even told readers “Drake didn’t say anything about Wayne’s condition as he made his way to his car.” But a quick perusal of Drake’s label-members would have revealed Wayne’s update.
Mack Maine had strong words for TMZ’s errors, and unwillingness to remove their false news reporting. “@TMZ it’s certain s–t you should not talk about or play with if u don’t know what u talking bout….don’t deceive the fans or the people.” Before Weezy’s statement was tweeted last night, Mack wrote “We will be releasing an official statement shortly but don’t believe the nonsense about comas and tubes to breathe…that’s false!!”
Maine continued to urge the website to retract its story. “@TMZ and definitely don’t try to kill a man before his time….so from the bottom of my soul and on behalf of my fam…… — YOU.” He added “@LilTunechi bout to send a tweet out to kill this and everyone can go back to what they were doing” With that, Weezy tweeted “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.”
Virtually everyone associated with the rapper professionally retweeted the message within moments, from Maine to DJ Khaled. Maine later told news “God is great…when u have praying mothers and you’re covered by the blood the ways of the world won’t harm you…#love”
Birdman was bothered by the false reporting as well. “My son is feeling Good. will be home real soon.YMCMB”. He later sent much the same message, assuring fans that Weezy will be released soon from the hospital. “My son is in good spirit..feelin much betta…be home soon.YMCMB”
Rapper T.I. was perhaps the angriest at the false TMZ gossip. “Just holla’d @my Lil bruh Tunechi…& he skraight! TMZ some f—n—az for reporting that — That man daughter is like mines.” He added “That s—t surely got his mama hurtin, his kids hurtin,& he got true to da game patnas like me & Othas who ready to RIDE bout all da f– sh–.”