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Lil Wayne Says Epilepsy Caused Seizures

Stress and overwork brought on attacks that hospitalized him

March 29, 2013 8:05 AM ET
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Lil Wayne performs in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Lil Wayne has disclosed the cause of seizures that recently put him in the hospital, and they have nothing to do with sizzurp, he says: He has epilepsy. 

"The bad news is I'm an epileptic, I'm prone to seizures," Wayne said yesterday when he called in to Los Angeles radio station Power 106 for his first interview since he was hospitalized earlier this month. "Like, this isn't my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I've had a bunch of seizures, y'all just never hear about them. But this time it got real bad 'cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent. Basically, I could've died, so that is why it was so serious. But the reason being for the seizures is just plain stress, no rest, overworking myself." 

Lil Wayne Thanks Fans For Support During Hospital Stay

The rapper, who was home from the hospital in time for the release this week of his latest album, I Am Not a Human Being II, said he has seizures often enough that the people around him are experienced in dealing with them when they occur.

"They already know how to handle it," he said. "Certain times I don't even go to the hospital, but this time, it was real bad because, like I said, it was three in a row, and I've never had three back to back like that."

Listen below to the full clip of Wayne talking about his health, which he says is fine now.

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