Rick Ross Released From Hospital After Health Scare

Rick Ross is back home in Miami after spending the weekend in the hospital, according to a TMZ report. The rapper, born William Leonard Roberts II, was transported back to his residence early Monday morning and is reportedly receiving personal professional care from the comforts of his home.

The Rather You Than Me rapper was rushed to the hospital on Friday after a distressed caller told 911 Ross was unresponsive and "slobbing at the mouth." It was initially reported that Ross suffered from respiratory issues caused by pneumonia, but TMZ later reported the 42-year-old’s hospitalization was a result of a heart problem.

Ross was placed in a local Miami hospital’s intensive care unit and reportedly put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a machine that provides emergency cardiac and respiratory support. But a number of people affiliated with Ross’s record label, Maybach Music Group, denied claims Ross was ever on any life support machine. Members of Ross’s family also denied the rapper was ever on ECMO.

On Friday, Washington, D.C. rapper Fat Trel, who signed to Ross’s label in 2013, confirmed on Instagram that Ross had indeed been taken to the hospital. But he said Ross was responsive and hadn't been placed on life support. “Just talked 2 my big homie… He good… He in da hospital but he is not on “life support”… He good,” Trel wrote.

Ross has a history of health complications. One particualry scary moment occurred in 2011, when the rapper suffered two seizures in less than 24 hours while traveling on an airplane. The nearly fatal moment caused Ross to make some major life changes to his diet and lifestyle, resulting in the rapper shedding 100 pounds.

Back in April 2017, Ross appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and explained how the near-death experience was a wake-up call to get a better handle on his health. “It’s a real bad sign when you wake up and [your mother is] there and, you know, she’s batting her eyes and…that’s the worst thing for me is to have my mom with that look on her face,” he said.

“So that made me feel even worse. I just woke up to a new reality. A reality where my lifestyle, me sleeping three hours a night, me eating T-bone steaks [at] 3 in the morning...caught up with me, and my body couldn’t take it anymore.” 

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