Rap star Lil Wayne was taken to a Chicago hospital over the weekend after suffering an apparent seizure, Chicago Fire Department officials confirmed Monday.

The 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Wayne Carter, was transported from Dana Hotel and Spa, 660 N. State St., to nearby Northwestern Memorial Hospital just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday, said Fire Department Commander Curtis Hudson.  

“He was alert and oriented,” Hudson said. “He has a history of seizures.”

A spokeswoman for the hospital said a patient directory indicated Carter was not at the facility as of Monday morning.

News of his hospitalization was first reported by TMZ. Published reports indicated his condition forced him to cancel a show he was to perform Sunday night in Las Vegas. 

The club where he reportedly has a residency, Drai’s, posted a statement on its Instagram account.

“Our priority is the health and well-being of our artists,” the statement read. “Everyone at Drai’s wishes Lil Wayne a speedy recovery during this time.”

Lil Wayne has been treated previously for seizures, including in 2013 and last year, when his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing at an airport in Omaha, Neb.

A spokesman for Lil Wayne could not immediately be reached for comment.


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