Rap superstar Rick Ross has pulled out of several upcoming appearances after reportedly suffering at least two in-flight seizures, sources say.
The plus-sized rapper, known for such hits as "I Love my Bitches" and the Kanye West produced "Live Fast Die Young", was due to perform Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. During a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Memphis, Ross reportedly suffered a seizure soon after takeoff and lost consciousness, forcing the plane to turn around and make an emergency landing. Taken to a Fort Lauderdale area hospital, he was reportedly treated and released later that day.
After his release, a spokesperson responded to inquiries, assuring everyone that Ross was, quote, "Fine." A private flight was commissioned and Ross tweeted, "Memphis here I come," along with a short video of himself. According to a report filed by WMC-TV in Memphis, he suffered a second in-fiight seizure and the flight was again diverted, this time to Birmingham, Alabama. He was hospitalized again, soon after landing. Representatives for the rapper have not released any new information about his condition following the second seizure.
Ross was traveling to Memphis to perform at "Memphis Madness", an event sponsored by the University of Memphis basketball team. He was also set to attend the grand opening of a new location for his restaurant franchise, "Wingstop".
Speaking before his twin health scares, the rapper had this to say:
"It's time for us to make it happen in Memphis. With Wingstop, we are bringing in the food I like and adding jobs to the community. It's a double win."
The Greensboro concert went on as planned, though without the star attraction. The bill featured other acts, including DJ Khaled and Marsha Ambrosius. Ross is next scheduled to perform on Friday, October 21st, in Atlanta at the famed Tabernacle Theater. He is also slated to perform with Busta Rhymes in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater on October 23rd, though his appearance at either show remains tentative for now.
Rick Ross' fifth album, "God Forgives, I Don't" is due out December 13th. The second single, "You The Boss" was released last week, and features Lil' Wayne discovery Nikki Minaj.