Lil Wayne Once Confirmed That He Is Epileptic — a Glimpse into His Life with the Disease

Edduin Carvajal
Jul 10, 2020
11:30 A.M.
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Rapper and entrepreneur Lil Wayne, who has been involved in the music industry for over two decades, once confirmed that he has epilepsy.


Back in March 2013, the "Got Money" singer made headlines after he was hospitalized following a seizure. Soon after the news went viral, people started speculating that his recreational drug use had caused it.

His doctors, through his mother, made him quit drinking lean.

Lil Wayne on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida | Photo: Getty Images



For years, Lil Wayne has been open about his frequent consumption of the codeine cocktail known as lean. Rumors that the beverage could have triggered the seizures were credible because they are a common symptom of codeine overdose.

However, weeks after the incident, he visited the radio station Power 106 and told DJ Felli Fel that he was, in fact, an epileptic.


Lil Wayne revealed that, due to his condition, he was prone to having seizures. The rapper added that it was not the first time he experienced one and that the fact that people never heard about it didn't mean he had not been dealing with it.

Also, he pointed out that he was hospitalized during that specific episode because he had three seizures in a row, which dropped his heart rate by about 30 percent.


The rapper explained that, in his case, the seizures were triggered by excessive stress and inadequate rest due to his busy work schedule. He admitted:

"Basically, I could've died. So, that's why it was so serious."



Later that year, Lil Wayne sat down with Katie Couric for an interview and talked about his condition, claiming that his seizures were the result of dehydration and working too much.

He added that he and his doctors had to check his past to try to get a better understanding of his problem. It was his mother who told him that, once when he was very young, he fainted.


The rapper said that, since they didn't know anything about epilepsy or seizures back then, they didn't know what it was. He also pointed out that he had not had any other seizure until 2013.

Lil Wayne explained that he told his doctors his consumption of lean (codeine beverage) had significantly decreased, but he had been taking pain pills that also contained codeine.


Lil Wayne's doctors then told him his seizures could have been an adverse reaction to the fact that he reduced the dose of the drug. Finally, the "A Milli" singer confessed that his doctors, through his mother, made him quit drinking lean.

The seizures didn't stop in 2013, though. Three years later, Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was in his private jet and suffered so many seizures that the pilot had to make an emergency landing.



In 2017, he was found unconscious in his hotel room due to a seizure. After he was taken to a hospital in Chicago, he suffered a second episode. As a result, he had to cancel a show in Las Vegas.

Lil Wayne's mental health has also been a matter of conversation for years, especially after he confirmed that he tried to end his life when he was 12 years old because his mother told him he couldn't rap anymore.


He used to say that the scar on his chest was the result of an accident. However, in 2018, he admitted that it was the result of a failed attempt to take his own life.

The rapper felt that it was time to open up about the incident following the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

Lil Wayne's life has been nothing short of a roller coaster. Fortunately, he seems to be back on the right track, especially after he started dating the plus-size model Denise Bidot, who confirmed their relationship through her Instagram stories earlier this year.


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