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‘Rising From Failure’: Rick Ross Opens Up About Abusing Codeine

Rick Ross suffered more than one seizure since he shot to fame with his 2006 debut “Port of Miami,” and he’s now revealing the cause.

The 43-year-old is releasing his memoir titled “Hurricanes” on Sept. 3, where he admitted that codeine had a lot to do with the seizures.

Rick Ross admitted that codeine use led to his seizures. (Photo: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP via Getty Images)

In 2011 Ross had two attacks in the same day. And in 2018 after being found unconscious in his Miami home, rumors quickly spread that he was on his deathbed. It was said he had a heart attack and was on life support as well.

“It was the codeine,” he told People. “That mixed with the things I was drinking, the other drugs I was doing and on top of not resting. [I don’t think] one particular thing would have killed me. But everything combined?”

Ross explained that he drank the cough syrup in large amounts and used it to eliminate stress.

The Maybach Music Group founder also touched on his 2018 episode, which he said wasn’t a heart attack as many speculated. And Ross confirmed that he wasn’t on life support either.

Instead, Ross admitted he had another seizure, and it happened partially because he didn’t take the medicine that his doctor prescribed him.

The Florida rapper was also shaken up emotionally by that 2018 health scare, and it was then he decided to work on his memoir, which was co- written by Neil Martinez-Belkin.

“When I woke up in the hospital and I had so many people around me, so many homies, it felt like I was in V.I.P. or some s—,” he explained. “But it was more like ‘Damn, we gotta do some special things.’”

These days, Ross said he no longer uses codeine heavily, he stopped drinking sodas and added water and more vegetables to his diet. He also gets more downtime since that was something he also struggled with in the past.

“Everybody don’t admit rising from failure,” he stated. “There’s nothing for me to complain about. These days, I’m just living and being much more genuine.”

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