3/18- Monday, 9:30 Am EST
As Lil Wayne laid in a hospital bed in the ICU of Cedars-Sinai hospital in West Hollywood, reporters and spectators gathered outside awaiting details and exchanging unconfirmed reports. Based on rumored information provided by sites like TMZ and through subsequent tweets, Lil Wayne’s fans quickly came to believe that his health was in grave decline due to an alleged overdose of a drink he popularized throughout his career called “Sizzurp.”
3/15- Friday, 7:30 PM EST
Friday evening, TMZ unleashed a report that the beloved rapper was on his deathbed, had been given “his last rites,” and officials were awaiting the arrival of his mother–who was en route to his location. Only she holds the power to make the final decisions with his health–which was ominously added to TMZ’s original report–leaving readers completely overwhelmed with the idea that Wayne, also known as Weezy, might be taken off life-support.
Reports have stated that a mixture of the prescription drugs, promethazine and codeine are listed as contributors to his unknown condition. These are the ingredients commonly found in “Sizzurp” which Wayne is notoriously known for consuming. Promethazine and codeine are found in cough syrup. Though “Sizzurp” is made in a variety ways, most say it’s a form of cough syrup sometimes mixed with soda or hard candy.
Wayne has openly discussed his struggle with the addiction to the concoction in his music. The lyrics to his song “Me And My Drank” are play like a diary: “You don’t know how to treat her/ You don’t know that I need her hey/do you know that I need ya/Cuz baby right now/It feels like the whole world is against me ever since the death of Pimp C.” In a 2008 MTV News documentary, Wayne said listening to Pimp C, half of the legendary southern hip-hop duo UGK, who died of an overdoes of “sizzurp” in 2007, influenced him to try the drink. “Everybody wants me to stop all this and all that. It ain’t that easy…S**t feels like death in your stomach when you stop,’’ he continued.