PEOPLE have had a look at Rick Ross’s new memoir Hurricanes, and came across an excerpt where the superstar rapper gets brutally honest about his health problems, which made headlines last year after he was hospitalised for four days following a seizure.
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Ross, 43, opens up about abusing codeine (a prescription cough syrup) which he mixed with alcohol and other drugs, which caused him to start suffering debilitating seizures.
Ross, who says he no longer uses codeine, tells the story of what happened in his home on the day of his most severe seizure:
I’d caught a cold the day before and had a bad cough. I’d been taking DayQuil and using Vicks VapoRub all day. When I went to bed that night I had a seizure. But I didn’t come out of it the way I usually do. My breathing was all f—ed up. At around 3:30 in the morning the girl I was with went downstairs and told Tomcat I had s— myself and was foaming at the mouth.
A few minutes later I was able to get myself out of bed. I still wasn’t breathing right but I got into the shower to clean myself off and try to get myself together. When the paramedics and police arrived I had Tomcat turn them away. I’d been through this before. I’d be straight. But then I started coughing up blood in the shower. That had never happened before.
At that point Tomcat said I needed to go to the hospital. Short Legs came and took me to the closest one, where the doctors discovered I had aspiration pneumonia. Something had gotten into my lungs while I was having the seizure and caused an infection. I was sedated and hooked up to a breathing machine.
Yikes. It’s bad enough shitting yourself in bed, but to shit yourself in bed while you’ve got a girl laying there next to you? All time humiliation.
The good news of course is that Ross survived his health issues and seems to be doing a lot better now. It’s pretty impressive that he would even share this story about shitting himself in his autobiography considering he’s still at the top of the rap game. Most celebrities save those sorts of anecdotes for when their careers have dried up and they need their names in the headlines again.
As for why he’s so candid about his ups and downs in Hurricanes:
As a kid, nobody ever came to me to say, ‘Man, you don’t know your multiplication but you could still become richer than anybody who ever went to this school.
He’s doing it all for the kids. You know, the ones out there eating Tide pods and crap like that. At least now they know that’s how you end up having seizures and shitting yourself in bed with your girlfriend.
For the homeless rapper who freestyled for Rick Ross in the street and got signed to his label on the spot, click HERE.