Rapper Young Chris has broken his silence on collapsing at a New York City concert this week after reportedly suffering a seizure during a performance.
Speaking via a statement, Chris thanked his fans for their support and said he was healing.
I am overwhelmed with the love and support I have been getting from family, friends and fans. I simply over worked myself. As I chase down success I have to take care of myself better while I am chasing my dream. I’m getting rest now and going to work towards having a better balance between work and health. Thank you to all those who were involved in helping and thank you to all the media for giving me priceless respect. I truly appreciate it. Your prayers are heard, Trust me. Love you all.
Young Chris aka Christopher Ries (Statement)
The rapper’s seizure took place Wednesday (December 22) evening at nightspot SOB’s.
Rapper and half of the Young Gunz Young Chris was rushed to the hospital after reportedly having seizure during his show at SOB’s in New York. According to eye witnesses, Young Chris collapsed in the middle of his set after suffering a seizure. While being taken away from the paramedics, Young Chris was reportedly conscious and is currently being rushed to the hospital. (Hip Hop Wired)
The incident comes just months after signing a record deal with hitmaker Rico Love‘s Division 1 Universal Motown imprint.
“A month or two ago, Rico reached out,” Chris said in an interview. “He had seen some of the viral videos that I had shot. One of the first things he said to me was like, ‘Yo, I almost forgot how nice you was! What’s the [label] situation? What’s going on? I told him, ‘I’m free.’ I had two [other] deals on the table at the time…The Internet was a blessing for me from day one. Some people say it’s a gift and a curse–in my case, it was a gift. That’s what kept me relevant over the years since the Roc-a-Fella break up.” (XXL Mag)
Rico broke the news of the signing via video announcement last October.
“What up, it’s Rico Love, Mr. Turn The Lights On, we here, Young Chris photo shoot,” Love said in a video. “We wanted to make this formal announcement announcing that Division 1 has done a joint venture, label deal, with Universal Motown and the first act off the label is going to be Young Chris aka Chris Ries. I’m happy that we finally closed the situation. I’m a big fan of Chris, for years, and I’m going to tell a quick story. My first time meeting Jay-Z, I was performing with Usher on The Truth Tour, 2004, and the first thing I said to Jay when I met him backstage was, ‘I love Young Chris. I’m a fan of Young Chris.’ And he said, ‘Yo, that’s my little man. He’s got a bright future.’ … Now it’s Young Chris aka Christopher Ries, the re-introduction, coming soon. This is only the beginning…” (Official Division 1)
Check out footage of Young Chris’ performance below: