Hip-hop star Rick Ross was hospitalized in Florida early Thursday after being taken ill at his Miami-area home, police in Davie, Fla., confirmed.
Police and emergency teams were called to his home after he was “found unresponsive,” according to a dispatch report filed by police and sent to USA TODAY.
The report showed a 911 caller sought help for a man fitting Ross’ description “in distress” who was breathing heavily, “slobbing out the mouth,” and briefly combative.
Davie police had no other information because the call to Ross’ home turned out not to be a law enforcement matter, said Sgt. Mark Leone, spokesman for Davie police.
There were conflicting media reports on whether Ross’ condition was heart-related or respiratory-related or both. TMZ reported sources connected to the music mogul (real name William Roberts II) said he was hooked up to a machine controlling the function of his heart and lungs.
Ross, 42, has a history of seizures, including two in one day in 2011. When he consulted a doctor, he was told to lose weight and give up sodas, which he did, but resisted giving up such favorites as chicken wings (he owns Wingstop franchises) and fried Oreos.
At one point he weighed 350 pounds but dropped 75, he told Men’s Health magazine in 2016. “I’m happy,” Ross said. “I’m still losing weight, and now I’m starting to build hard muscle in places.”