Rick Ross Documents Defecating During Seizure In New Memoir
Rick Ross is lucky to be alive! Maybe that’s why he’s holding nothing back in his new memoir “Hurricanes”. The book describes everything from the time he was the target of a drive by shooting to his brushes with death due to drug induced seizures. PEOPLE.com published the following excerpt where Ross confirms he once defecated in bed because of a 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.(Adapted from HURRICANES by Rick Ross. Copyright © 2019 and published by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.)
Ross goes on to describe how members of his entourage determined he needed to go to the hospital. When he arrived, doctors discovered he had aspiration pneumonia so they sedated him and hooked him to a breathing machine. Ross says his mother eventually insisted he be moved to a different hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where they flushed his lungs with a tube and gave him antibiotics. He also disputes TMZ reports that he was hooked up to an ECMO machine, saying, “as serious as this was, it was never that serious.”
Ross admits in the book that he abused codeine and believes his use of that substance along with alcohol and other drugs caused his debilitating seizures. He says he no longer uses codeine and has adopted healthier habits like cutting out sodas, eating more vegetables and getting more rest.
The Florida rapper has lost 75 pounds following his hospitalization and he considers himself lucky to be alive. He also told PEOPLE that he wrote his memoir (along with writer Neil Martinez-Belkin) to show kids from rough areas like the ones he grew up in Miami Gardens that they have options:
“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,’” says Ross.
“I’m going to tell some youngsters that,” the father of four continues. “That even if you grew up in a neighborhood where people were dying…there’s a lot of options you can take. For one, you can be an author. That’s what this book is about.”
Beautiful sentiment right? Definitely seems that his truth is setting him free.
Hurricanes, by Rick Ross and Neil Martinez-Belkin, is available Tuesday in bookstores and on Amazon.com.