News: Rhymefest Rushed Into Emergency Room, "[He] Had The Disease For Years & Never Knew It"

Saturday, Jun 4, 2011 10:44AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Chicago rapper Rhymefest was reportedly rushed to the emergency room this week due to health complications related to diabetes.

Based on tweets from his Twitter page, Fest is currently hospitalized.

"On thurs june 2, Che Rhymefest Smith was admitted into the ER at risk of Diabetic Coma his sugar levels were 739 normal being 80," a tweet read Saturday (June 4) morning.
"Rhymefest has since been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is awaiting release from the hospital"
"Rhymefest apparently had the disease for years and never knew it."
"This is his twitter account, he will continue tweeting from after his release. thank you" (Rhymefest's Twitter)

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah learned he is diabetic in the mid-1990's.

In 1996, Ghostface discovered that he was diabetic, a condition that would weaken his health. According to "Trials of Life", a 2007 song with fellow New York rapper Prodigy (himself a sickle-cell anemic), Ghostface assumed he had been stricken by a sexually transmitted disease until he received the diabetes diagnosis. (Wikipedia)

A few years ago, rapper Shawty Lo came forward to deny claims of contracting HIV when in actuality it was diabetes.

"Carlos 'Shawty Lo' Walker is not infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS," a representative said in a statement. "He does however suffer from Diabetes, a serious condition that effects millions of people, particularly those of color. Despite occasional set backs, Shawty Lo continues his rigorous work schedule in support of his debut album Units in the City. He appreciates the outpouring of concern and support for his health but he is doing fine." (All Hip Hop)

Outside of health concerns, Rhymefest's recent run at becoming his city's alderman ended in defeat in April.

With 84 percent of precincts in, Willie Cochran had 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent for Smith, a Grammy-winning rap artist. Earlier tonight, Smith's election night party was underway with hip hop music blasting from large speakers when the candidate arrived. A small group of mostly young people followed his mist green Cadillac. Holding his grandmother on one arm and his wife on the other, Smith said he felt a lot of energy at the polls. "It's not about me winning or losing, it's about hope," Smith said. "Eleven and 12 year old children ask me 'can you stop the gang banging?' I say 'you have to help too.' " "People want little things like a quizno's or subway in the neighborhood. They want somewhere to get a sandwich on 63rd," he said. (Chicago Tribune)

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